News Brief – Week of 13 May 2024

16.05.24 – More than 100 arrested in suspected gang operation. More than 100 people have been arrested as part of a year-long operation targeting suspected organised criminal gangs. Cleveland Police carried out raids in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland in attempts to tackle those involved in drug dealing, exploitation and human trafficking. At…

News Brief – Week of 6 May 2024

06.05.24 – Law enforcement dismantle cocaine lab in Spain with 100 kg monthly capacity. On 30 April, the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) arrested 20 suspects after dismantling a cocaine laboratory capable of producing 100 kilograms of the drug each month. A number of those arrested were considered by law enforcement as High Value Targets…

News Brief – Week of 29 April 2024

29.04.24 – Almost 1 400 firearms removed from circulation in 16 European countries. A total of 1 388 firearms were seized during an operation led by Romania and coordinated by Europol, spanning across 16 European countries. After months of intelligence gathering to identify key targets, an action took place in February, the details of which…

News Brief – Week of 22 April 2024

22.04.24 – Several people arrested in large-scale operation into drug trafficking in Brussels. As part of the fight against the sale of drugs by criminal organisations in Belgium, a large-scale judicial operation was organised, the Brussels Public Prosecutor’s Office reported on Monday after the operation had ended. “This Monday, more than 20 searches were carried…

News Brief – Week of 15 April 2024

17.04.24 – 20 arrests in clampdown against gang suspected of laundering EUR 10 million. 20 members of an intercontinental criminal network engaged in drug trafficking and money laundering have been arrested following a large-scale operation on 6 and 7 March in Spain and Portugal. The suspects laundered more than EUR 10 million using stolen identities…

News Brief – Week of 8 April 2024

08.04.24 – 63 forgers arrested in Naples. 63 money counterfeiters responsible for faking Euro banknotes worth over EUR 6 million have been arrested on an action day conducted today by the Italian Carabinieri and French National Police, supported by Europol.  Of the 63 arrests, 62 were made in Italy, with 1 in France. The Italian…

News Brief – Week of 1 April 2024

01.04.24 – Violent Chinese organised crime gang operating in Ireland linked to cannabis grow-houses. A violent Chinese organised crime gang operating in Ireland ran a series of cannabis grow-houses and abducted fellow nationals. Details of the underworld network emerged as the Criminal Assets Bureau took a case against Yan Yan Fan and her ex-boyfriend Guang…

News Brief – Week of 12 March 2024

12.03.24 – 13 victims of human trafficking safeguarded in Spain. Europol has supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and the Polish Border Guard (Straż Graniczna) in an operation targeting a criminal organisation trafficking human beings for the purposes of sexual and labour exploitation in Spain. The investigation has resulted in 17 arrests and the…

News Brief – Week of 4 March 2024

04.03.24 – Police arrest seven members of organised crime group. During an investigation spanning from December 2023 to January 2024, the drug division of the judicial police pursued an inquiry into a drug-dealing group. According to the police, the group, comprising seven individuals, predominantly operated within the Gare neighbourhood in Luxembourg City. The seven alleged…