European police sting nets 2.4 tons of cocaine, more than 300 arrests

A European police operation has netted 2.38 tons of cocaine, resulted in 314 arrests, while also freeing 529 human-trafficking victims, the Europol policing agency said in a statement Wednesday.

The operation, dubbed Ciconia Alba (White Stork), covered all 28 members of the European Union and 24 other countries, the European policing authority based in The Hague said.

The week-long action was aimed primarily at human-trafficking gangs, the drugs trade and credit card fraud. A total of 745 migrants were stopped and 181,550 euros (200,000 dollars) in cash seized.

"Fifty-two countries and four international organizations teamed up with Europol to deliver a major blow to organized crime groups operating across the European Union and beyond," the statement said.

"Cooperation with partners from the private sector was also key to this successful operation."

The Europewide operation has resulted in 449 new criminal investigations, Europol said.

Last update: Wed, 19/10/2016 - 12:38

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