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Chinese network of people smugglers dismantled with Europol’s support

12 October 2015

Eighty-nine arrests have been made in a coordinated operation led by the Spanish National Police and supported by Europol. Operation 'TIJA' targeted a Chinese organised crime group specialised in smuggling people into Spain, as a transit country on the way to the UK, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America by using forged identity documents or travel documents belonging to someone else.

Fake online travel agency selling plane tickets dismantled

9 October 2015

50 members of an organised crime group suspected of payment card fraud were arrested earlier this week in a joint operation led by the Romanian Police (Brigada de Combatere a Criminalitatii Organizate Craiova) and supported by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Italian State Police (Servizio di Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni.) This coordinated action targeted criminal services misusing illegally obtained credit card credentials and advertising on the Internet the sale of fake plane tickets

Europol supports Italian Carabinieri strike against Georgian Mafia

9 October 2015

Over 200 Carabinieri officers from Rome, supported by Europol, have dismantled a Georgian organised crime group that committed a vast array of criminal offences, ranging from house burglaries and fencing to facilitating irregular migration.

Fifty-seven individuals have been arrested, all linked to the Georgian Mafia-type group commonly known as 'thieves in law' (vory v zakone). They were known for operating across the Rome, Reggio Emilia, Siena and Cagliari regions in Italy, as well as in many other countries (Austria, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Russia and Spain).

Investigators meet in Guernsey to discuss international cooperation on asset recovery

9 October 2015

On 8-9 October 2015, Europol – in its function as the permanent secretariat of CARIN (the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-agency Network) – is coordinating the annual CARIN meeting.

This year's CARIN event is hosted by the current CARIN Presidency of Guernsey. Guernsey is a Crown Dependency of the United Kingdom, a long-standing and active member of CARIN, a member of the Steering Committee for over five years, and a jurisdiction that meets the highest international standards in fighting financial crime and cross-border cooperation.

4th joint ENISA – EC3 workshop between CSIRTs and law enforcement

8 October 2015

On 8 and 9 October 2015 more than 40 representatives from national / governmental EU CSIRTs (Computer Security Incident Response Team) and their law enforcement counterparts convened at Europol's headquarters in The Hague for the 4th joint ENISA – EC3 workshop. The two-day event focused on the exchange of information between CSIRTs and law enforcement placing a particular emphasis on the common taxonomies and methods to information sharing.

Wil van Gemert, Europol's Deputy Director Operations, and Dr Steve Purser, Head of ENISA Core Operations, gave the keynote speeches.

Europol supports dismantling of criminal group involved in irregular migration

8 October 2015

Europol has supported an international investigation led by France and Portugal, called 'Operation Bouquet', aimed to dismantle an international criminal network involved in facilitating irregular migration within the EU. The operation has led to the arrest of 69 individuals, nine of whom are key figures of the criminal network.

Europol supports the fight against Nigerian human trafficking networks

5 October 2015

Law enforcement authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 17 European countries, along with Europol, attended an international conference last week in Amsterdam, to discuss joint approaches in the field of trafficking in human beings (THB) with Nigerian victims, and to strengthen cooperation between European Union Member States and Nigeria.
A Nigerian delegation of representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Police, tax and migration authorities, as well as the representatives of an NGO active in Nigeria, also attended the conference.

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