22 members of one of Europe & # 39; s most productive criminal gangs who earned 600 million pounds in two years are arrested in Britain and on the continent, while police £ 7 million in cash, cars & gold get back
- The police arrested 22 members of the drug policy gang members, including leaders
- Operation & # 39; Icebreaker & # 39; took place in Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Spain and Great Britain
- The police have seized £ 7 million, 40 properties, diamonds, gold, jewelry and luxury cars
The police have arrested 22 suspects in an operation in five countries that dismantled one of Europe's top criminal groups behind drug trafficking and killings, the EU police station said Wednesday.
The operation code called & # 39; Icebreaker & # 39 ;, which took place last week, led to the arrest of 48-year-old Lithuanian leader in Spain and other suspects in Poland, Lithuania, Spain and Great Britain, according to Europol.
The & # 39; very professional and dangerous & # 39; gang was involved in large-scale drug trafficking and cigarette trafficking, murders and money laundering, resulting in an estimated 680 million euros ($ 760 million) in the last two years.
Approximately 450 police officers have seized an estimated £ 7 million in cash after robbing 40 properties in Europe and Great Britain
The gang earned most of its money by transporting drugs and cigarettes to Britain and then smuggling the money to Poland, where it was laundered and invested in property in Spain and other European countries.
About 450 police officers have raided 40 buildings, seized 8 million euros in cash, diamonds, gold bars, jewelry and luxury vehicles, as well as hidden compartments for drug smuggling, Europol said in a statement.
The gang earned most of its money by trading drugs and cigarettes to Britain and then smuggling the money to Poland, where it was laundered in exchange offices and invested in real estate in Spain and other countries, Europol said.
Europol said that the alleged gang leader was arrested in Spain, a 48-year-old Lithuanian
Jewelry, gold bars and diamonds were also found in police raids
The operation, which also involved the Estonian police, took place on 15 and 16 May and was the & # 39; largest of its kind to date in Europe against such an organized crime group & # 39 ;, the agency said.
The group used & # 39; specialized encrypted communication devices & # 39; and counter-surveillance techniques to stay one step ahead of the police, Europol said.
The police grabbed luxury cars like these in their house searches
HM Revenue and Customs led the operation in Great Britain and arrested three men in Coventry.
Arturs Nespors, 29, Alexksej Rybnikov, 42, and Marius Stancikas, 40, have been detained while a fourth man from Lithuania was detained on a European arrest warrant and confronted with extradition to Lithuania.
The operation took place on 15-16 May and is the largest of its kind in Europe so far
The police smashed luxury homes like this and found hidden compartments that were used to smuggle drugs
HM Revenue and Customs led the operation in Great Britain and arrested three men in Coventry who will appear at the Crown Court in Birmingham in June
HM Revenue and Customs arrested a 42-year-old Lithuanian man on European arrest warrant on suspicion of money laundering and faces extradition to Lithuania
The gang members earned £ 600 million in just two years, benefiting from cigarette trade, murders and money laundering
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