Tag Archives: Spain

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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Drug trafficking via Spain

This article details shifts in the trafficking of drugs from Latin America to Europe and discusses investigative cooperation between the U.S. and Spain. Smuggling from Colombia and Venezuela through Caribbean countries, especially the Dominican Republic, has increased in recent years … Continue reading

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Big busts

Some big cases in the news. The site Webstresser.org, allegedly responsible for 4 million DDoS cyber attacks worldwide, was taken off-line with arrests and seizures in at least 11 countries. Spanish police seized 9 tons of cocaine from a ship … Continue reading

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3D printing — implications & applications

This article explains how 3D printing works and provides numerous examples of its use in committing as well as investigating crimes. As the authors note, “You can purchase a basic 3D printer, which fits on a desk, for well under … Continue reading

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Bird smuggling

This article reports the arrest of 29 persons and seizure of over 2,000 smuggled birds in a joint operation by Spanish police, Europol, and Ameripol. The birds were illegally trafficked from Africa and Latin America to Spain. Wildlife crime is … Continue reading

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Catalonia police caught in the middle

The Catalonia region of Spain has an independence referendum scheduled for October 1 but national authorities consider it illegal. Police are caught in the middle between their oath to the country’s constitution and their regional leadership. They are already under … Continue reading

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