7 March 2014
Saturday, 8 March 2014 marks the 103rd International Women’s Day with thousands of events occurring worldwide to celebrate social, cultural, political and economic achievements of women and at the same time rally against inequalities. This year, the UN theme of International Women’s Day is Inspiring Change.
In the field of law enforcement, Europol sees it as the ideal opportunity to call for:
7 March 2014
Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) have issued early-warning notifications about two synthetic drugs that have recently been linked to serious harms in the EU.
4 March 2014
Europol has warned EU law enforcement authorities about the kidnapping of irregular migrants and the subsequent extortion of their relatives or friends who are residing in Europe.
In the cases known to law enforcement, ransoms extorted from the European contacts have ranged from EUR 4400 to EUR 25 700. In most cases, the extortion processes involved multiple negotiation steps and sequential increases in the ransom amount. Payments were made to multiple cash handlers used by organised criminal groups in locations inside and outside of Europe.
27 February 2014
Europol warns about a new phenomenon where criminals use a ‘Trojan horse’ method to gain access to delivery lorries by concealing themselves in large wooden boxes. The boxes marked as ‘Fragile’ are picked-up by parcel delivery services. Once the box is inside a lorry, en route to its final destination, the criminals escape from the box to steal valuable items also inside the lorry, such as jewellery, phones or electronics.
25 February 2014
A Hungarian organised criminal group, specialising in the theft of rare and valuable maps, has been dismantled by Hungarian and French law enforcement authorities, supported by Europol.
21 February 2014
Bulgarian and Spanish judicial and law enforcement authorities,* working in close cooperation with Eurojust and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), have taken down a Bulgarian organised crime group suspected of a variety of crimes including payment card fraud, burglary, drug trafficking and illicit vehicle trafficking. Three action days have resulted in 25 arrests and 21 house searches in Spain and Bulgaria.
13 February 2014
More than 1200 tonnes of fake or substandard food and nearly 430 000 litres of counterfeit drinks have been seized in an Interpol-Europol coordinated operation across 33 countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
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