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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Members of Organized Crime Group Arrested for Document Fraud and Illegal Immigration

On 29 October, the Hellenic Police in Greece made four arrests in an operation targeting an organized crime group involved in facilitation of irregular migration. The network provided the migrants with fraudulent travel documents to facilitate their journey across borders.

Active since 2017, the criminal group earned up to €13,000 for each migrant they smuggled across Europe. The leader of the network was also arrested during the operation. He coordinated the operations from a coffee shop in Athens, providing instructions to the migrants and organizing their journey.

In addition to the four arrests, a suspected accomplice was identified. The Hellenic Police confiscated counterfeit ID documents and driving licences, equipment to forge documents, digital equipment, vehicles and cash.

Europol specialists deployed to the EU Regional Task Force (EURTF) in Greece supported the operation offering expertise, coordinating operational meetings with investigators from other EU Member States, and providing tailored analytical support and real-time cross-checks against Europol’s databases.

The operation was carried out under the umbrella of the Greek National Operational Plan, signed by Europol and the Hellenic Police in 2016, to disrupt organized criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling and to reinforce secondary security checks in migration hotspots.

Read more at Europol

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