Hundreds held as European police net huge haul of synthetic drugs

12 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

THE HAGUE: European police seized drugs worth 85 million euros and arrested hundreds of suspects during a continent-wide sweep last month, Europol announced Friday, reports AFP.

The operation called “Joint Action Days 2019” in mid and late September not only targeted the trade in synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances, but also human trafficking, migrant smuggling and environmental crime, the Hague-based law agency said.

Led by the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation and joined by 15 other member states, the sting conducted by more than 37,000 officers “targeted drug traffickers across Europe,” Europol said.

“These activities brought in an important hit on drug trafficking networks, pulling drugs worth more than 85 million euros ($93.5 million) out of the illegal market,” Europol said, quoting preliminary results.

This was a “huge hit to the European drug market,” it added.

The haul included the seizure of 11.3 tonnes of MAPA precursor, used in the manufacturing of amphetamines.