Eurojust and Europol help stop luxury vehicle traffickers

04 November 2014
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On 28 October, in Valencia and Alicante, the Guardia Civil with the support of the Belgian Federal Police arrested two Bulgarian nationals, and seized cash, mobile telephones and documents. The suspects are alleged senior members of an organised crime group (OCG) involved in the theft of seven luxury vehicles from Italy, the removal of vehicle identification numbers (VIN), and the creation of falsified documents and falsified Bulgarian number plates. The vehicles, with a resale value of EUR 500 000, were then sold in Belgium and Spain.

In the first phase of the operation, in May 2013, one Bulgarian national was arrested in Belgium for participation in the OCG. In May 2014, the Guardia Civil of Valencia, the Belgian Federal Police and the Bulgarian Federal Police, in cooperation with Eurojust and Europol, conducted a second phase of the investigation. The OCG was active Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain. Formal inquiries into the operation of the OCG are ongoing in Spain and Belgium.