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In a raid across Europe, police arrested 44 members of the mafia. Nine of them in the Czech Republic House

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Nine people have also been arrested in France and seven people have been arrested by the police in Slovakia and Lithuania. In addition, the police also intervened in Latvia, Poland, Norway, Germany, Spain and the US. The EU police organization announced this on Friday Europol.

Research in eight countries showed that various criminal organizations worked together to develop large-scale criminal activities inside and outside the European Union. These include, but are not limited to, drug trafficking, money laundering and illicit enrichment.

Police searched nearly 100 locations across Europe during the raid and seized large quantities of illegal drugs such as cocaine, hashish and cannabis and methamphetamine. The criminal network is said to have links with large drug trafficking organizations outside the European Union. Drug shipments have been found in ships and trucks, among other places, often concealed in sophisticated concealed compartments.

International cooperation

International cooperation, coordinated by Europol and Eurojust, was essential to bring the perpetrators, who were all located in different geographical locations around the world, to justice.

Since its inception, Europol has continuously developed and analyzed information to identify targets and map their criminal activities. During the day of action, a total of 4 of its officers were deployed on the ground in France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain, ensuring rapid analysis of the data collected and adjusting strategy where necessary.

“Criminals are good at working together across borders – and operations like this show that the judiciary and police can do that too. The success of this operation shows how effective and far-reaching our actions can be when we join forces,” said Jari Liukku, Director of Serious and Organized Crime at Europol.

In the Czech Republic, the National Anti-Drug Headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department and the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of Ústí nad Labem, Liberec Department, participated in the raid. A total of 11 countries took part in the event.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org