Two underground doping labs dismantled in France | Europol Newsroom

Europol Newsroom – 22 October 2020

24 arrested for producing and trafficking doping substances.

The French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie nationale/OCLAESP) and the French Customs (Direction générale des douanes et droits indirects), supported by the Financial Division of the Hellenic Police (Διεύθυνση Οικονομικής Αστυνομίας) and Europol, took down a criminal network involved in the production and trafficking of doping substances and counterfeit medicines.

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Web-enabled sexual exploitation gang taken down by French Police | Europol Newsroom

Europol Newsroom – Oct 20, 2020

The network was abusing women from Latin America in a rental apartment prostitution scheme

The French Judicial Police within the National Police (Police judiciaire / Police nationale) and the Colombian Police (Policía Nacional), supported by Europol, dismantled an organised criminal group involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation and money laundering.

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Possibly largest ever bust of banknote counterfeiters in the history of the euro | Europol Newsroom – July 17, 2020

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The criminal network dismantled in Italy produced 25% of all counterfeit euro banknotes in circulation

Law enforcement authorities from Italy, Belgium and France, supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime network involved in euro counterfeiting.

On the action day on 15 July 2020, officers from the Italian Carabinieri Corps (Carabinieri) and its specialised Anti-Counterfeit Currency Unit arrested 44 suspects and froze criminal assets worth €8 million in Italy.

Asset recovery measures taken so far during the overall operation in Italy include the confiscation of 50 apartments, 8 business premises, 2 farms, 10 companies operating in various sectors, 12 vehicles, 1 luxurious boat and 22 bank accounts, all with an estimated total value of approximately €8 million. →

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Two print shops producing fake EU documents dismantled in Paris — EUROPOL Newsroom – June 18, 2020

The criminal group was distributing forged, stolen and lost documents to irregular migrants across Europe

(EUROPOL NEWSROOM) The French Border Police (Police Aux Frontières) within the French National Police (Police Nationale), supported by Europol, dismantled a large criminal network involved in document fraud.

On the action days, 16 and 17 June, officers from the French Border Police raided four houses and arrested three individuals suspected of forgery of documents. During the house searches technical equipment such as a dye diffusion thermal re-transfer printer, two laminators, 1150 blank plastic supports for ID cards and driving licences, holographic bands, as well as sixteen counterfeited ID cards (Belgium, Spanish and Italian), ID photos of customers and forged breeder documents were seized. →

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26 arrested for smuggling irregular migrants through Belgium and France — Newsroom – May 27, 2020

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The criminal network provided transport and hiding locations in the two transit countries

Law enforcement and judicial authorities from Belgium and France, supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled a large criminal network involved in migrant smuggling.

On the action day on 26 May 2020, officers from the Belgian Federal Police (Federale Politie/Police Fédérale) and the French Illegal Immigration Agency (OCRIEST) from the French Border Police (Police aux frontières) carried out 27 house searches (15 in the Brussels-Capital Region and 12 in and around Paris). The operational activities led to the arrests of 26 suspected members of the criminal network (13 in Belgium and 13 in France) and the seizure of three vehicles, cash and electronic equipment. In total, 21 irregular migrants were found and put to safety. →

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MAJOR INVESTMENT FRAUD GANG BUSTED IN BULGARIA AND SERBIA | EUROPOL – April 8, 2020

Total losses estimated in the region of €80 million

EUROPOL April 7, 2020

A large criminal network involved in fraud, money laundering and social engineering was dismantled in an international investigation. Europol and Eurojust supported the investigation which involved law enforcement and judicial authorities from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and Serbia.

The action day, which took place in Belgrade and Sofia, went ahead on 2 April despite the current lockdown. Law enforcement authorities from Bulgaria and Serbia carried out 11 house searches and arrested 9 individuals (5 in Serbia and 4 in Bulgaria). Two of the leaders of the criminal network were arrested in Sofia. The seizures include five properties in Serbia, €2.5 million from a bank account in Germany, electronic equipment and other evidential material. Additionally, 30 other bank accounts were put under surveillance. →

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