EU po­lice agency: 314 ar­rested in or­ga­nized crime raids

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Euro­pean Union po­lice agency Europol says it has co­or­di­nated a week­long global op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing or­ga­nized crime that has led to 314 ar­rests and the seizure or 2.4 tons of co­caine.

Europol an­nounced yes­ter­day that the op­er­a­tion also in­ter­cepted 745 mi­grants and iden­ti­fied 529 vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Law en­force­ment teams in 52 coun­tries, sup­ported by or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Interpol and EU border agency Fron­tex, took part in the se­ries of raids and in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Europol Direc­tor Rob Wain­wright has paid trib­ute to the op­er­a­tion, say­ing in a state­ment that “coun­tries and or­ga­ni­za­tions across the globe work­ing to­gether as one en­tity is the mod­ern re­sponse to bor­der­less se­ri­ous and or­ga­nized crime.”

Among raids, Greek po­lice dis­cov­ered a fake travel agency that was fa­cil­i­tat­ing mi­grant smug­gling and traf­fick­ing in hu­man be­ings.

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