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Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit wins the 2015 Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards

3 July 2015

On World Anti-Counterfeiting Day,Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit – Focal Point (FP) COPY, was declared the winner of the 2015 Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group Awards – International Public Body Category, for th

Europol supports international investigation on counterfeit electronics

3 July 2015

Four individuals arrested last week were arraigned on 1 July in Newark, New Jersey, based on charges for allegedly smuggling counterfeit Sony Camcorders, Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods, from China for sale in the United States.

The individuals, Italian, Venezuelan and Chinese nationals aged between 30 and 52 years, are charged in an eight-count indictment with importing and trafficking fake iPhones, iPads and iPods bearing counterfeit Apple trademarks and fake Camcorders bearing counterfeit Sony trademarks, as well as smuggling, structuring and international money laundering.

Europol supports Operation Trivium 4 in the UK and The Netherlands

2 July 2015

Europol has supported UK and Dutch law enforcement authorities in a weeklong operation to tackle criminality across the UK and The Netherlands through national roads policing. Operation Trivium 4 ran simultaneously in various locations in England, Wales and The Netherlands from 22-28 June. It targeted foreign national offenders who utilise the road networks, as well as human trafficking, organised property crime and drugs trafficking.

The Operation Commander of EUNAVFOR MED Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino visits Europol

1 July 2015

The Operation Commander of EUNAVFOR MED Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino visited Europol’s Headquarters in The Hague today, and met with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, members of the Italian Liaison Bureau and other Europol officials.

Criminal gang behind people smuggling and human trafficking dismantled

1 July 2015

Europol supported the Spanish Guardia Civil in investigating and arresting 17 alleged members of a Chinese criminal network. The network was involved in smuggling irregular migrants from China to Spain, and then from Spain to other countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Canada. Some of the victims were coerced into forced prostitution.

Joint international cooperation leads to the seizure of over 15 tonnes of cannabis resin

1 July 2015

The Guardia Civil and the Agencia Tributaria ADUANAS in Spain delivered a serious blow to transnational drug trafficking activities by intercepting and seizing a shipment of almost 16 tonnes of cannabis resin transported on the merchant vessel JUST REEMA sailing under the Congolese flag.

The competent authorities have taken into custody all nine members of the crew consisting of six Syrian and three Indian nationals. The estimated value of the illegal commodity amounts to approximately 24 million euros on the Spanish market, and at least twice as much in more distant EU countries.

Europol’s Internet Referral Unit to combat terrorist and violent extremist propaganda

1 July 2015

On 1 July 2015 Europol launched the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) to combat terrorist propaganda and related violent extremist activities on the internet.

Terrorists' use of the internet and social media has increased significantly in the recent years. Jihadist groups, in particular, have demonstrated a sophisticated understanding of how social networks operate. They have launched well-organised, concerted social media campaigns to recruit followers and to promote or glorify acts of terrorism or violent extremism.

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