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Today, Mr Rob Wainwright, the Executive Director of Europol has received the visit of the Chinese Vice Minister for Public Security, Mr Li Wei. The purpose of the visit was to discuss closer international law enforcement cooperation under the strategic agreement signed between Europol and the People's Republic of China in April 2017.
Spanish National Police and Guardia Civil join forces with Europol in a hit against Iraqi illegal immigration to the EU
On 17 January 2018, Europol supported seven mixed teams of Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and Guardia Civil in a successful strike against Iraqi illegal immigration in which six individuals were arrested in Spain. The criminal organisation transferred Iraqi illegal immigrants from their country into the Schengen Zone.
On 11 January 2018, a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal IPTV streaming business has been dismantled.
On 11 January 2018, Europol’s Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) organised the eighth joint Referral Action Day with colleagues from the national referral units of Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, to identify and secure the swift removal of terrorist and violent extremism content uploaded on Facebook and Instagram.
MORE THAN ONE MILLION OPERATIONAL MESSAGES SHARED BETWEEN EUROPOL, MEMBER STATES AND THIRD PARTIES IN 2017
Over the course of 2017, more than one million SIENA messages were exchanged among Europol, Member States and third parties. SIENA is the Secure Information Exchange Network Application, managed by Europol which enables a swift and secure communication and exchange of operational and strategic crime-related information and intelligence. SIENA, as an operative instrument allows law enforcement authorities to collaborate effectively on a daily basis, and more than 20,000 SIENA messages were exchanged per week in 2017 on thousands of investigations within the European Union and beyond.
Operation YEHYA was carried out by the Aliens Division of Attica, Greece with the support of Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC). Eight persons were arrested, of which seven were members of the organised crime group. Travel documents, computers and money were confiscated. The participating countries worked together in the framework of the EMPACT project targeting Facilitation of illegal immigration in the EU.
Over the course of the last two weeks, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) hosted at its headquarters the 4th Victim Identification Taskforce where 25 experts from 16 countries and 21 law enforcement agencies gathered to identify the children victim of sexual exploitation and abuse. Thanks to their joint efforts, 10 offenders and victims were localised in 9 different countries.
Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised crime group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in different EU Member States. In total, 11 individuals were arrested and 13 victims were safeguarded.
In the largest action of its kind, Operation MISMED targeting the illicit trafficking of misused medicines saw some 100 arrests in and the seizure of more than EUR 230 million worth of medicines and doping substances in the EU.
Illegal trade in endangered species: 29 arrests and over 2,000 animals seized in international Operation SUKAZU
The Spanish Guardia Civil, with the support of Europol and in close cooperation with Mexico, has carried out Operation SUZAKU, resulting in 29 arrests in Spain and in other countries. All of the arrestees have been charged with crimes of smuggling, wildlife crime and animal abuses, as well as being part of a criminal infrastructure.
During the last week, Romanian authorities have arrested three individuals who are suspected of infecting computer systems by spreading the CTB-Locker (Curve-Tor-Bitcoin Locker) malware - a form of file-encrypting ransomware. Two other suspects from the same criminal group were arrested in Bucharest in a parallel ransomware investigation linked to the US.
On 18 December 2017, the National Bureau of Investigations of the Slovenian Police, supported by the Croatian Police and Europol, have dismantled an international crime syndicate involved in sports corruption and illegal betting. The network had created an illegal web-platform in order to convey large bets on major Asian bookmakers. In total, 13 house searches and 15 vehicles searches in different locations in Slovenia and Croatia have been carried out.
On 12 December 2017, a coordinated international operation supported by Eurojust and Europol took down an organised crime group (OCG) involved in the production and trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances and in money laundering.
Spanish Guardia Civil and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in Madrid.
On 6 and 7 December 2017, 130 delegates from 40 countries and 6 international organizations gathered at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague to increase their understanding of the latest trends in illicit drugs trafficking and to agree on bold law enforcement responses to protect the public from the threats posed by illicit drugs.
One of Romania's most wanted fugitives, A.M., who also featured on the EU Most Wanted website ,was arrested yesterday in Argentina. After a complex investigation, the fugitive, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for tax evasion, was located in Buenos Aires where he was living a luxurious lifestyle. FAST Romania (IGPR) worked closely together with their ENFAST colleagues from Germany and Spain, Europol, Interpol and the US Marshals Service.
Intensive cooperation and coordination between enforcement authorities at EU level has led to the seizure of millions of fake and possibly harmful products and has helped to take down several transnational criminal networks.
EUR 24 billion in revenue each year: The drugs trade in the EU is estimated to generate at least EUR 24 billion in revenue each year, which makes it the EU’s largest criminal market. Highly poly-criminal organised crime groups: Around 35% of the organised crime groups active in the EU are involved in the production, trafficking or distribution of illegal drugs. 75% of these groups deal in more than just one illegal drug.
On 5 December 2017 the Spanish Guardia Civil, with support from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova, the Bulgarian Police of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Guard Police, the Greek Police, and Europol, arrested 18 members of a criminal organisation for manufacturing more than two million cigarettes per day.
On 29 November 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in close cooperation with the Luneburg Central Criminal Investigation Inspectorate in Germany, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force (J-CAT), Eurojust and private-sector partners, dismantled one of the longest running malware families in existence called Andromeda (also known as Gamarue).