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Largest ever European haul of amphetamine precursor BMK seized

24 April 2015

Europol has supported Polish law enforcement authorities* in seizing Europe's largest ever haul of the amphetamine precursor, BMK, in Warsaw.

The seizure consisted of 346 blue jerry cans, each with a capacity of 20 litres, and totalling almost 7 tonnes. The criminal network involved had imported the BMK from China to Poland, disguised as a consignment of non-ionic surfactants, alkyl polyglycoside (APG). The main suspect – a Polish national - is in custody in Poland, charged with a series of crimes including trafficking BMK, money laundering and forgery of documents.


23 April 2015

Rob Wainwright, the Director of Europol, met today in Bucharest with Mr Gabriel Oprea, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs and the senior management of the Romanian Police and Romanian Border Police.

Romania’s important role in tackling serious and organised crime, such as drug trafficking, cybercrime or trafficking in human beings and the strong cooperation between Europol and Romanian law enforcement authorities, were among the topics discussed during the visit.

Police dismantle criminal gang exploiting vulnerable people through forced labour

23 April 2015

On 21 April, Europol supported British and Slovak law enforcement authorities in dismantling a large organised crime group involved in the trafficking in human beings. Based in the UK and Slovakia, the criminal gang is suspected of trafficking human beings, including children, for exploitation in forced labour and social benefit fraud. During this week's coordinated action day, 14 house searches were conducted, 50 potential victims of trafficking were safeguarded, and 24 suspects arrested.

Criminal skimming gang using ‘ghost’ payment terminals dismantled in France

23 April 2015

French police (OCLCTIC)1 supported by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) have arrested 18 members of a criminal gang who were illegally using modified, ’ghost’ point-of-sale (POS) terminals. The terminals were used to copy and store magnetic strip card data and confidential PIN codes, and then to steal at least EUR 3 million from victims’ accounts. Of the 18 arrestees, 12 were imprisoned after the final raids last week.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visits Europol

22 April 2015

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visited Europol's headquarters in The Hague today, and met with Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, and the members of the Swedish Liaison Bureaux.

Europol's role in tackling serious organised crime and terrorism, and the strong cooperation between Europol and Swedish law enforcement authorities, were among the topics discussed during the visit. 

Europol launches its 2015 international law enforcement photo competition

21 April 2015

The annual Europol law enforcement photo competition is back, giving talented photographers the chance to showcase their outstanding images and win a trip to Holland!

Five arrested for organised burglaries of jewellery shops in Ireland

16 April 2015

In the early hours of 15 April 2015, Europol provided support to Irish Police, An Garda Síochána, in their extensive investigation into Romanian organised criminal groups involved in the aggravated burglaries of jewellery shops throughout Ireland. The operation has resulted in the arrest and detention of five men, all aged in their mid-thirties, mainly of Romanian nationality.

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