Tag Archives: Italy

More on drug trafficking to EU

This article provides additional details on the recent EU police operation targeting mafia-run cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe. On the smuggling side, several different mafia clans allegedly worked together to deliver tons of cocaine across the Atlantic. On … Continue reading

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130 organized crime arrests in 2 days

This article reports the arrest of 84 suspected ‘Ndrangheta members in coordinated operations in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Suriname. In addition, “more than 3,000 kilograms of cocaine was seized in the Netherlands along with 140 kilograms of ecstasy … Continue reading

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$81,000 paid for journalist murder in Slovakia

An investigative journalist and his fiancee were murdered in Slovakia last February in an apparent contract killing that led to mass protests, dismissal of the national police chief, and collapse of the ruling government. This article reports the arrest of … Continue reading

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Thieves in law arrested in Spain

This article reports 130 arrests and searches of 70 properties in Spain and France, following investigation of the Armenian faction of the Russian organized crime group “Thieves in Law,” described as “the largest and most dangerous group in Europe right … Continue reading

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Trafficking in Sicilian antiquities

This article reports the culmination of a 4-year antiquities investigation in Europe resulting in 43 arrests and recovery of 25,000 archaeological items valued at $47 million. This blog post provides further information on the case, which focused on Roman and … Continue reading

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Brexit & Europol

This column reviews the arguments in favor of maintaining UK membership in Europol despite its proposed exit from the European Union. The latter’s official position is that Britain could no longer be a Europol member if it leaves the EU. … Continue reading

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UN Formed Police Unit training

This post describes the work of the Center for Excellence of Stability Police Units, which has provided operational and leadership training since 2005 for Formed Police Units (FPUs) serving UN peacekeeping missions. The Center, located in Italy and run by … Continue reading

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