3 Famous Police Operations by Europol
Celebrating the airing of Eurochannel’s new series: Murders in Vienna, an action-packed series about an elite police team fighting crime in the Austrian capital, we have selected three famous Europol operations against crime that you should know about.
In November 2005, more than 30 addresses of a wide range of people, suspected of being involved in the clandestine smuggling of thousands of illegal immigrants into the EU, were searched. That day marked the First international operation on such a scale supported by Europol. In total, 53 main suspects were arrested in France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey. Subsequently, 56 illegal immigrants were arrested in France, mainly in the region of Calais, but also in Paris. The United Kingdom was the main destination country, although immigrants were also smuggled to the Scandinavian countries"
A year before the Football (Soccer) World Cup to be hosted in Brazil in 2014, many people thought almost all results were rigged. This operation, which became the one with the highest international media attention, focused on match-fixing. The investigation discovered that a global criminal network was involved in widespread football match-fixing. The network’s activities took the form of a sophisticated organized crime operation, which generated illicit profits estimated in the hundreds of millions by gambling on fixed matches in the Asian betting markets.