Various police forces in Europe arrested on 15 and 16 may to 22 people suspected of involvement in a criminal organisation between 2017 and 2019, around 680 million euro earned with illegal activities, reports Europol Wednesday.
The organization was involved in murder and large-scale smuggling. The suspected leader of the network is a 48-year-old Lithuanian. He was arrested in Spain. The other 21 suspects were detained in Poland, Lithuania and the United Kingdom.
The group would drugs and cigarettes to the Uk, and the earned money to Poland smuggling. Then that money-laundering through bureaux de change and geïnvestee
Bodycam films how Spanish police leader of a large gang overwhelmed
rd in real estate in Spain and other European countries.
“Largest European operation against a criminal organization ever”
To the authorities to get around, was by the group of special encrypted communication equipment used, as well as counter-espionage and eavesdropping equipment.
The case that Operation Icebreaker is called, was coordinated by Europol and Euronext and is, according to Europol, the largest European operation directed against a professional international criminal organization. The investigation started on the initiative of the Lithuanian authorities in 2016.
8 million in cash and belongings found
There were forty searches and it was for € 8 million in cash, diamonds, gold bars, jewellery and luxury vehicles were seized. There was also a large amount of illegal cigarettes found.
A team of over 450 police officers were involved in the case. They worked together with customs officers and special intervention units from Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.