A joint European police operation has led to the seizure of more than three tonnes of hashish off Italy’s coast, dealing another blow to a Polish-led criminal network that has been under investigation for two years, Europol said Wednesday.
The Spanish Civil Guard dealt a major blow to an organized money-laundering ring with connections to two Russian crime syndicates on Tuesday. The operation, two years in the making, was named “Usura” and was supported by Europol.
Nearly 7,000 new migrant smuggling suspects were identified between January and June 2016 amid a large wave of migrants trying to reach Europe, Europol announced this week. Ninety-five percent of the suspects are male, with an average age of 36.
Europol recently launched its annual multi-partner operation aimed at cracking down on organized crime throughout Europe. Results ranging from human trafficking to airline fraud have been coming in.
For the ninth year running, a group of organizations coordinated by Interpol has shut down nearly 5,000 websites illegally selling drugs and medicines worldwide.
The European Central Bank (ECB) will discontinue printing the 500 Euro bank note due to it being widely used for illicit activities, following a Wednesday decision.
Counterfeit Euro notes seized during the crackdown on an illegal workshop in Northern Bulgaria are of extremely high quality, according to Bulgarian prosecutors and experts from Europe's joint police force (Europol).
Interpol and Europol coordinated with national agencies across 57 countries to carry out their largest-ever seizure of dangerous fake food and drink, news releases by the two agencies said Wednesday.
It took five days and nearly 200 interviews, but police across Europe last week arrested 81 people accused of working as “money mules” for cybercriminals, helping transport or launder an estimated € 7.5 million (US$ 8.1 million), according to Dutch police.
Five directors of the Spanish branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have been arrested as part of a probe into alleged money laundering of more than € 40 million (US$ 44 million), according to a Feb. 17 news release from Europol.
French and Romanian authorities have busted an organized crime network for trafficking minors and setting them to work as pickpockets and beggars, grossing up to € 7,000 (US$ 7,870) a day, according to a news release by Europol.
European authorities have cracked down on a cybercrime group they say has been extorting money from businesses by threatening them with cyber attacks since mid-2014.
Europol spearheaded a two-week joint operation with law enforcement agencies across France, Norway and Romania in a major bust of remote-access Trojan (RATs) cyber criminals, according to a Europol press release.
Spanish authorities have seized nearly 16 tons of cannabis resin from a vessel, arresting all nine crew members.
In a two-month operation spanning 47 countries, Interpol and Europol have seized thousands of tons of fake food and drinks.
Romanian, Spanish and European Union (EU) authorities teamed up to bust a human trafficking ring in Pahova County in central Romania, officials said Tuesday.
Nearly 400 law enforcement officials have collaborated to make 78 arrests in a cross-border effort to bust a huge human trafficking ring.
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