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Monday, Jun 17

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6 arrested as 35 tonnes of cocaine seized at major European ports

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The investigation, initiated in April 2023, focused on a criminal network organising multi-tonne shipments to Europe of cocaine sourced in Ecuador and shipped from Colombia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana and Paraguay. Investigative leads link…

Friday, Jun 14

16

Major takedown of critical online infrastructure to disrupt terrorist communications and propaganda

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The servers supported multiple media outlets linked to Islamic State. They were used to disseminate worldwide propaganda and messages capable of inciting terrorism in at least thirty languages. Eurojust and Europol coordinated and…

Europol-coordinated operation tackles the threat of terrorist-operated websites

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Ten countries joined forces with Europol to disrupt the online propaganda activities of religious and politically motivated terrorist organisations across the ideological spectrum.This joint effort, known as Operation HOPPER II, targeted…

Thursday, Jun 13

13

Cocaine cartel collapses after final arrests in Spain

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Targeting the full operational chain to dismantle the cocaine cartelThe internationally coordinated actions targeted the criminal network, which was orchestrating multi-tonne cocaine trafficking from Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador to the EU.…

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Announcement of two major actions targeting terrorist propaganda online on a global scale

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Speakers:EuropolSpanish Guardia CivilEurojustCountries involved:Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Moldova, Netherlands, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United StatesDate:…

Tuesday, Jun 11

13

Sophisticated banknote print shop dismantled in Italy

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During the raid, officers seized the print shop used to counterfeit euro banknotes of various denominations (5, 10, 20 and 50). It was equipped with the tools and materials used to produce highly sophisticated counterfeits. Officers at the…

Monday, Jun 10

Equilibrium between security and privacy: new report on encryption

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Encryption represents an important means of securing private communications. However, at the same time, it also enables threat actors to manage their malicious activities below the radar of law enforcement. Understanding the needs and…

Monday, Jun 3

11

Law enforcement in focus: Europol launches Capture24 photo competition

This year, Europol’s photo competition is open to more entrants than ever before. As well as participants from law enforcement agencies in the EU Member States, we now also invite officers from all countries with agreements and working…

Friday, May 31

15

Crackdown on money mule service providers laundering over EUR 10 million

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A series of raids were carried out on 21 and 27 May in France, Italy and Romania. They resulted in 11 detentions, including the mastermind behind the money laundering scheme. Law enforcement authorities also carried out 15 house searches…

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Rent, drive, steal: How luxury car thieves were stopped in their tracks

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The international operation began as a Spanish investigation, initiated when car rental and leasing companies in the Málaga area reported missing luxury cars. Investigators soon uncovered a criminal network that was using the driving…

Thursday, May 30

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51 persons arrested in crackdown on labour exploitation

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Overall, the results of the action include:15 313 officers from law enforcement and labour and tax authorities participated in the action165 896 entities checked (including 63 649 persons, 9 564 locations, 20 556 vehicles and 76 670…

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Largest ever operation against botnets hits dropper malware ecosystem

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Between 27 and 29 May 2024 Operation Endgame, coordinated from Europol’s headquarters, targeted droppers including, IcedID, SystemBC, Pikabot, Smokeloader, Bumblebee and Trickbot. The actions focused on disrupting criminal services through…

Tuesday, May 28

15

25 years of making Europe safer – Europol anniversary

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Europol’s Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle, said:Over the past quarter of a century, Europol has evolved remarkably. Our history is one of constant adaptation and transformation. We have continually adapted to the changing landscape…

Monday, May 27

20

Invitation: EU versus Crime Conference

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It will include an opening speech from Commissioner Ylva Johansson and Executive Director of Europol Catherine De Bolle, followed by three moderated panel discussions:Panel I: Serious and Organised Crime: Disrupting Global Criminal…

Double blow: two criminal organisations smuggling Chinese nationals taken down

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Such a complex investigation had to be conducted in two phases: in the first, Spanish law enforcement authorities arrested 35 suspects for belonging to a criminal organisation, facilitating illegal immigration and forging documents.…

Four victims of child abuse identified following week-long task force at Europol

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Between 29 April and 10 May 2024, over 30 participants from 24 partner countries as well as Europol and INTERPOL took part in the 14 Victim Identification Task Force (VIDTF), hosted at Europol’s Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.…

Friday, May 24

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Invitation: EU versus Crime Conference

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It will include an opening speech from Commissioner Ylva Johansson and Executive Director of Europol Catherine De Bolle, followed by three moderated panel discussions:Panel I: Serious and Organised Crime: Disrupting Global Criminal…

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Double blow: two criminal organisations smuggling Chinese nationals taken down

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Such a complex investigation had to be conducted in two phases: in the first, Spanish law enforcement authorities arrested 35 suspects for belonging to a criminal organisation, facilitating illegal immigration and forging documents.…

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Four victims of child abuse identified following week-long task force at Europol

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Between 29 April and 10 May 2024, over 30 participants from 24 partner countries as well as Europol and INTERPOL took part in the 14 Victim Identification Task Force (VIDTF), hosted at Europol’s Headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.…

Wednesday, May 22

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17 arrested in Italy after Turkish criminal organisation involved in homicides is dismantled

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The investigation was led by the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato), with the support of the Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza) and the Turkish National Police (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğ).In total, 17 individuals – all Turkish…

Wednesday, May 8

Law enforcement dismantle cocaine lab in Spain with 100 kg monthly capacity

Officers from the Guardia Civil, working together with Europol and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), seized 21 drums of liquid and solid chemicals used to extract and process cocaine after discovering the laboratory near Madrid…

New network to target migrant smugglers in the digital domain

On 29 and 30 April 2024, experts from law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary, the EU and international organisations gathered at Europol headquarters to discuss the digital aspect of migrant smuggling, the first of a series of meetings as…

Operation PANDORA shuts down 12 phone fraud call centres

Operation PANDORA started with a bank teller in Freiburg, Germany. When in December 2023 a customer asked to withdraw over EUR 100 000 in cash, the bank teller grew suspicious and quickly learned the customer had fallen victim to a ‘fake…

High-ranking Hells Angels member busted in drug trafficking operation in Marbella

The investigation, initiated in mid-2023 under the General Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt, Germany, targeted a criminal network currently going by the name Bandidos. The gang are suspected of trafficking large amounts of cannabis and…

Almost 1 400 firearms removed from circulation in 16 European countries

During the action week, hundreds of law enforcement officers carried out more than 630 house searches and 107 arrests. Nearly 500 converted - or ready to be converted - firearms were recovered during the operation, together with almost 900…

16 arrests as Vietnamese network smuggling migrants across the English Channel busted

A joint operation involving law enforcement authorities from France and the United Kingdom, supported by Europol, led to the dismantling of a Vietnamese criminal network smuggling migrants across the English Channel. The network was also…

SIRIUS and An Garda Síochána advance collaboration in cross-border access to electronic evidence

The recently adopted Digital Services Act (DSA) and e-Evidence legislative framework will change the way stakeholders handle cross-border evidence. As a platform for European policing solutions and to prepare law enforcement officials for…

21 arrested in hit against migrant smuggling across the EU-Russian border

Coordinated activities of law enforcement authorities from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden, supported by Europol, targeted a large criminal network smuggling migrants from Belarus and Russia to the EU via…

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Austrian scammers escape investors, but not law enforcement

Between December 2017 and February 2018, the scammers pretended to have set up a genuine online trading company which had issued a new cryptocurrency. The initial coin offering (ICO) amounted to an offer of 10 million tokens – or…

Tuesday, May 7

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New series of measures issued against the administrator of LockBit

The administrator and developer of LockBit, a Russian national, is now subject to a series of asset freezes and travel bans issued by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, alongside the US Department of the Treasury’s Office…