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Operation Mobile 4 sees 23 countries clamp down on smuggling and trafficking

Operation Mobile 4 sees 23 countries clamp down on smuggling and trafficking
Operation Mobile 4 sees 23 countries clamp down on smuggling and trafficking (Bild: Europol)

2021-11-10 15:08:02
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Quelle: Europol

Operation Mobile 4, a two-week operation targeting multiple forms of organised property crime and fraud, has successfully concluded its November action days after thousands of border and roadside checks across Europe, writes Europol.

Taking place in 16 European countries and further 6 Balkan states, operatives successfully intercepted hundreds of stolen vehicles and vehicle parts, as well as 1 000 irregular migrants and 31 people smugglers. Operation Mobile 4 is a wide-ranging international operation co-led by Greece, Germany, Poland, Frontex, and Europol. Police Officers and Border Guards from 23 European and West Balkan states* were involved in the investigation.

Europol provided remote support by crosschecking in real-time the information collected in the field against its databases.Operation Mobile 4 is a wide-ranging international operation co-led by Greece, Germany, Poland, Frontex, and Europol. Police Officers and Border Guards from 23 European and West Balkan states* were involved in the investigation.

Europol provided remote support by crosschecking in real-time the information collected in the field against its databases.During the two weeks of actions from law enforcement, officers pursued criminal activity on multiple fronts, carrying out vehicle checks, border searches and database analysis. The main focus related to stolen vehicles, vehicle parts, and migrant smuggling, with investigators also targeting trafficking in drugs, firearms and endangered species.The activities led to the seizure of 518 stolen vehicles.

Officers also recovered several stolen luxury cars from Western Europe they found in Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Slovakia, as well as 4 stolen boats. The authorities that took part in Mobile 4 observed an increasing trend of smuggling of stolen trucks, buses, agriculture machinery, and holiday cars such as campervans.Officers simultaneously raided chop shops, which dismantle stolen vehicles and facilitate parts smuggling, and performed roadside checks.

This yielded 400 stolen vehicle parts, as well as 140 forged IDs and vehicle documents. .

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