Suspects held across Europe as crime gang smashed: Europol

23 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

THE HAGUE: Police have arrested 22 suspects in an operation across five countries that dismantled one of Europe’s top criminal groups behind drug trafficking and assassinations, the EU’s police agency said Wednesday, reports AFP.

The operation codenamed “Icebreaker”, which took place last week, led to the arrest of the 48-year-old Lithuanian ringleader in Spain and other suspects in Poland, Lithuania, Spain and Britain, Europol said.

The “highly professional and dangerous” gang was “involved in large-scale drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering” netting an estimated 680 million euros ($760 million) over the past two years, it said.