In a coordinated operation, police from seven European countries arrested 18 suspects of money laundering and illegal trade and storage of around 670 tonnes of tobacco, Europol announced on Tuesday.
Targeting an Italian mafia organization operating in Italy, South America, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, authorities arrested on Wednesday 90 people suspected of criminal association, drug trafficking, and money laundering.
The European Union and Albania signed an agreement last Friday to strengthen judicial coordination in the fight against organized crime in the Western Balkan nation. The deal represents a significant step in combating cross-border crimes including drug trafficking, human smuggling, and contract killings, according to a press release by Eurojust, the EU signatory.
Authorities across the European Union arrested 58 suspects and seized cars, documents, and US$477,000 in cash during a Value Added Tax, VAT, fraud investigation that damaged the EU’s economy by over $70 million.
Austrian and Romanian authorities have arrested 11 suspects of organized migrant smuggling and seized documents, phones and money while searching 25 properties, the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, Eurojust, said in a statement on Tuesday.
In an international effort, authorities in three European countries arrested on Thursday 26 people suspected of facilitating illegal immigration.
Romanian, Spanish and European Union (EU) authorities teamed up to bust a human trafficking ring in Pahova County in central Romania, officials said Tuesday.
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