Europol arrests 800, recovers $48m, 250 firearms, 8 tons of cocaine, 55 luxury vehicles, others


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More than 800 criminals were detained and nearly 40 tonnes of drugs were seized in one of the largest international operations ever, Europol said on Tuesday.

Europol which disclosed this in a statement, said, “a series of large-scale law enforcement actions were executed over the past days across 16 countries resulting in more than 700 house searches, more than 800 arrests, and the seizure of over 8 tons of cocaine, 22 tons of cannabis and cannabis resin.

“2 tons of synthetic drugs (amphetamine and methamphetamine), 6 tons of synthetic drugs precursors, 250 firearms, 55 luxury vehicles, and over $48 million in various worldwide currencies and cryptocurrencies (were also seized),” Europol said.

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Europol qualified the operation as “one of the largest and most sophisticated law enforcement operations to date in the fight against encrypted criminal activities.”

It was conducted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Dutch National Police, and the Swedish Police Authority, among other agencies.

“Countless spin-off operations will be carried out in the weeks to come,” Europol concluded. (Sputnik/NAN)


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