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EUR 230 million worth of fake food and beverages seized in global OPSON operation targeting food fraud
Operation OPSON VI, the joint Europol-INTERPOL operation targeting counterfeit and substandard food and drink, as well as the organised crime networks behind this illicit trade, has resulted in the seizure of 9 800 tonnes, over 26.4 million litres, and 13 million units/items worth an estimated EUR 230 million of potentially harmful food and beverages ranging from every day products such as alcohol, mineral water, seasoning cubes, seafood and olive oil, to luxury goods such as caviar.
A joint investigation by Spanish and British law enforcement authorities, coordinated by Europol and its Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), has resulted in the dismantling of an international cybercrime group involved in the design, development and selling of sophisticated software tools to render all types of malicious malware infecting thousands of computers worldwide undetectable by security products.
The Vice Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, Meng Hongwei, and Europol’s Director, Rob Wainwright, signed today a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. The agreement will enable both partners to work on key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organised property crime and trafficking in human beings.
Europol has delivered crucial support to France and Moldova in dismantling a mobile organised crime group composed of Moldovan nationals specialised in domestic burglaries in the region of Alsace, France. Simultaneous judicial operations were carried out in 17 locations in the region of Strasbourg and in Moldova. Europol deployed specialists on-the-spot, who supported the national authorities and performed live crosschecks using the mobile office.
Global action tackles distribution of child sexual exploitation images via WhatsApp: 39 arrested so far
Europol and INTERPOL have supported the Spanish National Police on Operation Tantalio, a complex investigation targeting the distribution of child sexual exploitation material through darknet platforms and Whatsapp. So far 39 suspects were arrested in Europe and South America.
Global action tackles distribution of child sexual exploitation images via WhatsApp: 38 arrested so far
Europol and INTERPOL have supported the Spanish National Police on Operation Tantalio, a complex investigation targeting the distribution of child sexual exploitation material through darknet platforms and Whatsapp. So far 38 suspects were arrested in Europe and South America. The arrests took place in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, and Spain.
On 10 and 11 April 2017, Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) hosted its first high-level Conference on Online Terrorist Propaganda. On this occasion, over 150 participants gathered at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague to discuss a wide variety of topics pertaining to the online terrorist threat.
Europol has the pleasure to launch its 2017 international law enforcement photo competition. This annual competition, now in its ninth year, recognises outstanding photography from the challenging and rewarding work of police and law enforcement agencies. Last year’s competition attracted entries from all corners of Europe and beyond, with photographs portraying the highs and lows of law enforcement work, across the spectrum of services including police, border and customs guards, SWAT teams, Gendarmerie and more.
Today, Brazil and Europol signed an agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities
Leandro Coimbra, Director-General of the Brazilian Federal Police (BFP) and Europol's Director, Rob Wainwright, today signed a strategic cooperation agreement to expand cooperation to combat cross-border criminal activities. The agreement will enable both partners to work on some key areas such as migrant smuggling, cybercrime, drug trafficking, asset recovery, money laundering, organised property crime and trafficking in human beings.
Romanian and French authorities, supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled an international criminal network composed of 28 Romanian nationals suspected of having stolen goods worth over EUR 4 million from delivery trucks. In the early hours of 4 April 2017, six members of the group were arrested while operating in France.
The crime group owned two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Spain and Bulgaria, that illicitly offered more than 1000 TV channels to clients across Europe using Internet Protocol television (IPTV) technology. Eight suspects were arrested and the servers used to provide illegal access to the channels shut down.
On 4 April 2017 Europol published a Call for Proposals to fund actions laid down in the 2017 Operational Action Plans approved by the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security of the European Union (COSI). This is a Call restricted to support activities carried out during the last year of implementation of the 2014-17 EU Policy Cycle for organised and serious international crime.
Nine months after the launch of the No More Ransom (NMR) project, an ever-growing number of law enforcement and private partners have joined the initiative, allowing more victims of ransomware to get their files back without paying the criminals.
Today, Georgia’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Giorgi Mghebrishvili, and Europol's Director, Rob Wainwright, signed an Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation to expand cooperation to combat serious and organised cross-border criminal activities. As a response to urgent problems arising from international organised crime and terrorism, the agreement allows for the exchange of information, including personal data of suspected criminals, and the joint planning of operational activities.
In the context of the 24th Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP), Europol was awarded today with the EPP Merit Award for its exceptional work protecting Europe. The high-level EPP Merit Award is granted to “individuals or organisations which have made an outstanding contribution to promoting the values and principle our (EPP) family stands for”. Europol’s Director Rob Wainwright received the award from Joseph Daul, EPP President and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
7 individuals have been arrested in a joint operation carried out by the Polish Police in cooperation with the Spanish National Police and with the support of Europol. The organised crime group (OCG) was involved in smuggling large quantities of hashish from Spain to Poland and the illicit manufacturing of tobacco products. The operation resulted in the seizure and dismantlement of:
A 40 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually exploiting his own child in an international investigation between the Polish and Romanian Police with the support of Europol. The arrestee is also being accused of producing and distributing online child sexual abuse material, including sexual abuse material with his child.
With the support of Europol, the Spanish Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal network accused of facilitating illegal immigration from Morocco to Spain, as well as trafficking hashish. It is estimated that the criminal network could have facilitated the entry of at least 300 irregular migrants, some of them minors, and made EUR 350 000 in profits.
The initial results of a preliminary investigation carried out by the French National Financial Public Prosecutor's Office, commenced in September 2015, has revealed a vast and complex money laundering network in six Member States (Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania) and in the offshore financial centres outside Europe (Hong Kong, Singapore).
On 15 March 2017, the Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by Europol, arrested in Girona (Spain) a Moroccan national suspected of helping finance the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).