Editing Office - Geneva / ROBERTO VERDUGO
On 5 July 2017, police officers in Germany, Spain and Italy made 33 arrests and seized 1,000 kg of drugs, along with property and cars worth around €5 million.
Behind the contraband and luxury was an extremely dangerous and intricate criminal network. It involved a car dealership in Germany laundering money and drugs through businesses in Spain and Italy. To take down the network, national and European authorities came together and carried out a cross-border operation.
Europol and Eurojust are the Europe-wide agencies that help police and prosecutors share vital information across EU borders. Both played a key role in supporting Germany, Spain and Italy to close this case.