EU police arrest 1,000 in biggest organized crime crackdown

EU police arrest 1,000 in biggest organized crime crackdown

Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:4PM GMT

The European police says more than 1,000 people have been arrested in the biggest organized crime crackdown in Europe.

Europol Director Rob Wainwright on Wednesday described the nine-day sweep as “the single largest assault” on organized crime in the green continent.

“The scale of the operation is unprecedented,” Wainwright told reporters in The Hague.

The detainees were suspected of offences including human trafficking, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, counterfeiting and theft.

According to the European police, 30 Romanian children were saved from child traffickers in one of the raids.

“We designed an operation specifically to hit criminal infrastructure,” Wainwright said.

“Multiple criminal enterprises, some of them the most serious, have been disrupted right across Europe,” he said, adding that the operation targeted “the infrastructure as a whole and not just isolated cases.”

More 20,000 law enforcement officers from all the 28 EU members, along with Australia, Colombia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the US were involved in the operations in more than 300 cities, ports, airports and border crossings.

Wainwright said that the raids “send a strong message to criminal groups that they are not beyond the reach of law enforcement.”

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