The law enforcement authorities from 17 countries targeted mobile organised crime groups active across Europe for four days starting April 13, 2021, Europol said on Wednesday.
Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency which support the 27 member states in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime.
The operation named Trivium was coordinated by the Netherlands and Europol as part of the EMPACT security initiative. EMPACT — European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats — is a security initiative driven by European Union member states to identify, prioritize and address threats posed by organised and serious international crime.
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The coordinated actions led to 228 arrests, 70 000 persons checked, 67 000 vehicles checked and seizures including 88 vehicles, stolen goods, illegal substances and large amounts of cash.
“One objective of this year’s operation Trivium was to locate wanted convicts of organised property crime on the run. Investigations during the operation identified the whereabouts of a number of these individuals,” Europol said.
During the operation, German authorities checked an individual suspected by Danish authorities to be linked to several thefts of GPS devices from agriculture machines.
During the check of his vehicle, the German officer discovered 30 GPS units from agriculture machines, approximately 100 kg of gold, silver and ivory jewelleries, nearly 50 new high-end smartphones and 20 laptops. The suspect will be extradited to Denmark under a European Arrest Warrant.
A check by the Belgian authorities of a vehicle on a motorway parking led to the discovery and seizure of 380 kg of copper hidden in the nearby woods.
Operation Trivium, launched in 2013, focuses on a multi-agency approach to tackle crime.
The operation targets criminal networks using the EU’s road infrastructure to perpetrate different cross-border crimes through police checks.
The joint actions hit criminal groups trying to stay under the radar of law enforcement authorities by being mobile and changing their modi operandi.
These activities based on a multi-agency approach enhance security on roads and contribute to increased trust and a feeling of safety in local communities.