Tag Archives: Italy

18,000 trafficked artifacts seized

This article reports a coordinated international investigation, Pandora III, that has resulted in the seizure of 18,000 illegally trafficked cultural artifacts and the arrest of 59 individuals. Besides Europol and the World Customs Organization, the Spanish Civil Guard led the … Continue reading

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Europol counter-terror efforts

An interview with Catherine De Bolle, Europol executive director and former commissioner general of police in Belgium, is available here. She discusses counter-terror developments in Belgium following the 2016 attacks in Brussels and current EU-wide initiatives including those focused on … Continue reading

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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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