In the largest organized crime operation ever conducted worldwide, 800 criminals were arrested and nearly 40 tons of drugs were seized.
This is according to a Europol report released Tuesday, June 8.
“The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Dutch National Police and the Swedish Police Department, in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and 16 other countries, conducted one of the largest and most sophisticated operations to date to combat encrypted criminal activity,” the report said.
The operation was dubbed “Trojan Shield.” Law enforcement and intelligence agencies conducted more than 700 searches, made 800 arrests, seized 8 tons of cocaine, 22 tons of cannabis, 2 tons of synthetic drugs, 6 tons of synthetic drug precursors, 250 firearms, 55 cars and more than $48 million in various world currencies and cryptocurrencies.
The operation involved Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“This operation was an exceptional success for authorities in the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and other European members of the Task Force. Europol coordinated the international law enforcement community, provided information and engaged criminal intelligence in ongoing operations against organized crime and drug trafficking organizations,” commented Europol Deputy Executive Director Jean-Philippe Lecouf.
Europol also added that more results are expected as many other operations will be conducted in the coming weeks.