Europol: 314 ar­rested in or­ga­nized crime raids

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THE HAGUE, Nether­lands — Po­lice and other law en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions around the world co­op­er­ated in a mas­sive week­long op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing or­ga­nized crime that led to 314 arrests, the seizure or 2.4 tons of co­caine and in­ter­cep­tion of hun­dreds of mi­grants, Euro­pean Union po­lice agency Europol an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Law en­force­ment teams in 52 coun­tries, sup­ported by or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing In­ter­pol and EU bor­der agency Fron­tex, took part in the se­ries of in­ter­linked raids and in­ves­ti­ga­tions that also fo­cused on cy­ber­crime and air­line ticket fraud.

“The re­sults are pretty im­pres­sive, I think, in terms of the num­ber of arrests,” Europol Di­rec­tor Rob Wain­wright said. “I’m es­pe­cially happy with the im­pact on traf­fick­ing hu­man be­ings.”

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