The criminal network was involved in the counterfeiting and distribution of forged documents, writes Europol.
It was also trafficking genuine documents, stolen in Spain. These were used by people with similar physical characteristics from Middle Eastern countries to facilitate their illegal entry into the EU.During the action day in July, a raid in the house of the main suspect in Barcelona led to the dismantling of a printing shop for fake documents.
He produced the fake documents with high-quality security features such as UV holograms. The investigation uncovered that he had ordered 1 000 similar features for the manufacturing of French ID documents and 10 000 for Spanish ID documents.Europol facilitated the exchange of information and provided analytical support.
On the action day, Europol deployed a virtual command post to enable the real-time exchange of information and cross-checking of operational information against Europol’s databases to provide leads to investigators in the field. Europol also deployed an expert to Barcelona to provide technical support with data extraction and analysis of digital evidence..
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