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Police across Europe send summer postcards to dangerous criminals on the run. However, their exact addresses are still unknown to us. Can you help us find them? While most of us are enjoying a well-deserved summer break, criminals are not taking time off from crime. Holiday destinations have proven to be popular hiding places for criminals on the run from law enforcement. They might even have chosen the same destination as you…
The Spanish National Police, with support from the UK’s Metropolitan Police and Europol, have dismantled an international criminal network involved in smuggling Iranian nationals into the UK on commercial flights. The network operated from the city of Málaga in southern Spain and used Spain as a transit country. The organisation charged each migrant around EUR 25 000 for supplying fake Spanish passports, travel documents, transfers to and accommodation in their final destinations.
The increasing threat posed by fraudulent payment card activities by organised crime groups has led to the creation of the Investigative Network of Law Enforcement specialists from the European Union and ASEAN countries. This initiative, led by Europol, is supported by both ASEANAPOL and INTERPOL, with the assistance of the European Association for Secure Transactions (EAST) representing the private sector.
One year ago, on 25 July 2016, the No More Ransom initiative was launched by the Dutch National Police, Europol, McAfee and Kaspersky Lab. Today there are more than 100 partners, as major ransomware attacks continue to dominate the news, hitting businesses, governments and individuals all over the world.
107 suspects detained and over 900 potential victims identified in pan-European hit against sexual exploitation
Europol supported a Europe-wide action week carried out by law enforcement agencies from a total of 22 Member States and Third Parties aimed at organised crime groups (OCG) trafficking vulnerable individuals for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Between 26 June and 2 July, two crime areas - trafficking in human beings (THB) and facilitated illegal immigration (FII) - were targeted with actions undertaken to safeguard victims and identify those responsible for their trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Months of preparation and coordination have resulted today, 20 July 2017, in the takedown of two of the largest criminal Dark Web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa.
During the 24th Egmont Group Plenary Meetings that took place in Macau, the European Commission and Europol were awarded Observer Status of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs).
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested by Romanian authorities for producing and sharing child sexual abuse material. Romanian police officers and prosecutors searched the woman’s house in Bacău County, Romania, and seized two laptops, a hard-drive, four USB sticks, two mobile phones and documents which may have been used to commit the crimes. It is believed that the woman had recorded herself sexually exploiting her infant daughter and shared the video content online for financial gain.
The Spanish Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, has dismantled an organised crime group that was trading horsemeat in Europe that was unfit for human consumption. The operation was carried out in coordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In Spain, 65 people were arrested and charged with crimes such as animal abuse, document forgery, perverting the course of justice, crimes against public health, money laundering and being part of a criminal organisation.
In collaboration with Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and INTERPOL, Europol coordinated a two-day joint operation, during which 1 628 pieces of terrorist and violent extremist online content were assessed for the purpose of referral to online platforms. The activities focused mainly on the online production of terrorist material by IS and al-Qaeda affiliated media outlets. The processed content had been hosted by 38 online platforms.
In the past five weeks, the German Federal Prosecutor's Office (Generalstaatsanwaltschaft Frankfurt am Main - Zentralstelle zur Bekämpfung der Internetkriminalität) and Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) have arrested a number of individuals suspected of the serious sexual abuse of children and the distribution of large amounts of child abuse material online. The German authorities have also taken down the child abuse platform Elysium.
On 5 and 6 July, Europol and the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) organised jointly a seminar on internal and external security of the EU. The seminar took place at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. The main objective of the seminar was to identify synergies between Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) actors and Europol, so they can better address key security challenges, such as terrorism and facilitated illegal migration.
Europol, together with OLAF, has supported an intensive coordinated international operation carried out at major seaports and airports and at the land borders of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom and the action leader Netherlands. During the 10 days of the Operation Silver Axe II, competent authorities from these 16 EU countries were involved in inspecting over 940 shipments of Plant Protection Products.
Europol hosts a meeting of the Group of Copenhagen to increase synergies in the fight against sports manipulation
The Group of Copenhagen (Network of National Platforms) held its 4th meeting in The Hague (Netherlands) on 3 July 2017, hosted by the Department of Sport at the Dutch Ministry of Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.
This morning, over 330 law enforcement officers from Germany, Italy, Spain and Europol have carried out 35 house searches and arrested 30 members of an organised crime group involved in international drug trafficking and money laundering. Investigations are still on-going and further arrests are expected in the near future. Simultaneously, the investigators identified and seized assets worth of EUR 5 million in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the UK.
On 22 and 23 June 2017, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) organised the 4th Virtual Currencies Conference. The event was hosted by Europol at its headquarters in The Hague and was co-chaired by representatives from the agency’s EC3 and Analysis Project (AP) SUSTRANS.
Last night, on the 3rd July 2017, an individual was arrested in Madrid (Spain) on suspicion of radicalisation and for dissemination of jihadist terrorist propaganda via the internet. The investigation which was supported by Europol for more than a year was led by the Spanish Guardia Civil.
Today, more than 100 financial experts from the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) and Europol attended the first join workshop on financial investigations at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. The workshop was organised to represent the launch of the strategic partnership between both organisations. It was dedicated to four key topics: operations, capabilities, strategic findings and projects. The participants were financial investigators coming from several FIOD’s units based all over the Netherlands and Europol’s financial experts.
A large-scale joint investigation, led by the Spanish National Police in cooperation with the Bulgarian police, and supported by Europol and Eurojust, has resulted in the dismantlement of an international organised crime group involved in trafficking young Bulgarian women to Spain for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
On 6 June 2017, the Finnish Border Guard arrested three Russian nationals suspected of smuggling migrants from Russia to Finland using a leisure boat. 17 people were identified on board the 12-meter long vessel. They had been concealed throughout the journey in order to avoid checks at the EU external border.