During the action week, police and customs authorities in the participating countries carried out enhanced controls of suspicious parcels and postal shipments, writes Europol.
This operational phase was preceded by an intelligence phase in which Europol and DG TAXUD developed risks indicators, including those relating to purchases via the dark web in order to increase the success rates of parcel controls during the action week.Differences in legislations are exploited by criminals, whereby firearms or firearms components restricted in one country easily and openly can be ordered from another through the internet. Moreover, firearms are frequently traded on online platforms, including dark web marketplaces.
This development has resulted in a significant increase in the use of parcel and postal services to traffic firearms and firearm components.In this endeavour, the key success defining factor is intelligence: knowing what to look for (i.e. consignor), where (i.e.
courier company) and when (i.e. at arrival, during customs clearance, etc.) based on emerging new trends.
This can only be achieved through active and continuous operation between police and customs and the private industry (post and express courier services)..
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