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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

28 Arrested for Smuggling Migrants in Rubber Boats

Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), under the supervision of the Arrecife Investigating Court number 3 and supported by Europol, dismantled an organized criminal group smuggling migrants from Morocco to the Canary Islands. 

The law enforcement operation led to the arrest of 28 individuals, and five house searches were carried out. The arrested individuals are suspected of facilitating the transfer of 20 boats with irregular migrants to Spain, gaining over €350,000 in criminal profits.

The migrants were transported from Morocco mainly to the Canary Islands in rubber boats, lacking any safety and sanitary measures. After reaching Spain, they were placed in temporary accommodations before being routed towards their final destinations. The law enforcement operation prevented the departure of eight boats from the Moroccan coast. This is a perilous trip, which could have put the life of more than 200 migrants in danger.

Europol supported the operation by facilitating information exchange and providing analytical support. On the action day, Europol deployed an expert to Spain to provide technical support to the Spanish investigators.

Watch video from the operation at Europol

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