Eurpol Newsroom – 16 September 2020
On Tuesday 15 September, Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato Servizio Centrale Operativo) and Belgian Federal Police (Federale Politie/Police Fédérale) supported by Europol, arrested eight individuals (all Italian nationals, three of whom lived in Belgium) with known ties to the Italian crime syndicate Cosa Nostra. They are suspected of mafia association, attempted murders and trafficking drugs and weapons.
Read more via Belgian and Italian authorities arrest eight suspected members of the Cosa Nostra — Newsroom
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. →
Read more via Possibly largest ever bust of banknote counterfeiters in the history of the euro — Newsroom
(Europol Newsroom) Communications took place through a popular instant messaging application, and they were referred to the police once they were detected by the service owners.
A successful investigation to tackle online child abuse conducted by the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato) of Turin and supported by Europol, has led to 50 investigations and several searches across the country. Working from referrals through Europol by the Canadian National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), investigators targeted suspects producing, exchanging and possessing child sexual abuse material. →
Read more via Massive investigation in Italy combating online child sexual abuse — Newsroom
(Europol Newsroom) The criminal group was using a large network of money mules in Italy to launder their criminal profits from a variety of cybercrime activities.
The Italian National Postal and Communication Police Unit (Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni) and the Romanian National Police (Poliția Română), supported by Europol and Eurojust, dismantled an organised criminal group involved in financial fraud, cybercrime and money laundering. →
Read more via Italy and Romania take down cyber fraud ring generating €20 million per year in criminal profits — Europol Newsroom
(Europol Newsroom) On 1 July, Europol coordinated the international police operation which resulted in the dismantlement of the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra crime syndicate of Barrafranca. Operation Ultra was led by the Italian Special Operation Department (R.O.S. Caltanissetta) of the Carabinieri (Arma dei Carabinieri), the German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) and the Landeskriminalamt of Niedersachsen.
The suspects were involved in drug trafficking, the use of firearms, as well as extortion and corruption in public tenders. The suspect identified in Germany was taking advantage of his residence in another country to support and re-organise both the criminal assets of the Mafia clan in Sicily and the drug trafficking routes used to fund the criminal organisation. →
Read more & video: “46 members of the Sicilian Mafia Cosa Nostra arrested” (1:46) via — Europol Newsroom
(Europol Newsroom) At a joint press conference today, French and Dutch law enforcement and judicial authorities, Europol and Eurojust have presented the impressive results of a joint investigation team to dismantle EncroChat, an encrypted phone network widely used by criminal networks.
Over the last months, the joint investigation made it possible to intercept, share and analyse millions of messages that were exchanged between criminals to plan serious crimes. For an important part, these messages were read by law enforcement in real time, over the shoulder of the unsuspecting senders. →
Read more via Dismantling of an encrypted network sends shockwaves through organised crime groups across Europe — Newsroom
(Europol/Newsroom) An international crime gang that ransacked ancient sites in Bulgaria and trafficked stolen archaeological goods whose total worth exceeds several millions of euros has been broken up as a result of an international police operation coordinated by Europol.
8 individuals were arrested and some 4,600 archaeological items were recovered as a result of this sting. →
Read more via Police recover ‘millions’ in stolen treasures after busting archaeological crime gang in Bulgaria — Newsroom
A further increase in sharing of child abuse material online, sexual coercion and extortion of children is expected
(EUROPOL Newsroom) Video calls with friends and family, social media interaction, online games, educational use: during the corona lockdown children’s lives promptly shifted even further from the real world into an online virtual one. Sex offenders have found in this development a tempting opportunity to access a broader group of potential victims. The report published today by Europol shines a light on the increased sharing of child sexual exploitation images online and how to confront this serious threat to children’s safety.
To confront this threat, law enforcement has also increased its efforts to tackle this severe crime, which sees a child being re-victimised every time an image is shared. →
Read more via Exploiting isolation: sexual predators increasingly targeting children during COVID pandemic — Newsroom
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. →
Read more via Two print shops producing fake EU documents dismantled in Paris — Newsroom
(Humans Are Free)
As our world changes rapidly right before our very eyes, it has been very well established, at least for those who follow the alternative media and not the propaganda corporate media, that there is an overall plan in place that is being implemented at a very fast pace, and of course the natural questions being asked by those who realize this is: Who is behind all of this?
It is not a new plan. It is a plan that has existed for a very long time, and those who are working to implement the plan are not even hiding it anymore as we have previously reported.
It is a plan for a New World Order, and we have covered this in previous articles. →
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