Fri, 06 Aug 2021

BRUSSELS, Belgium: More than 800 arrests were made in recent days by law enforcement officers from 16 countries during a multinational effort to crack down on organized crime, according to Europol Deputy Executive Director Jean-Phillipe Lecouffe.

Additionally, more than $48 million in cash and cryptocurrencies were confiscated.

Law enforcement officials from Europol, the FBI, Sweden and the Netherlands discussed the arrests on Tuesday.

While a country-by-country listing of arrests was not disclosed, it is known that 70 had been arrested in Sweden and a Dutch official said 49 arrests were made in the Netherlands.

Countries involved included Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, New Zealand, Scotland, Britain, Germany and the U.S., Lecouffe said.

Additionally, German officials said police have arrested 70 suspects, primarily located in the western state of Hesse.

German officials said hundreds of kilograms of drugs, more than 20 weapons, over 30 luxury cars and cash worth 250,000 euros, as well as IT equipment, were also seized.


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