Tuesday 10/26/21
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Blow struck against Mafia money laundering gang on Tenerife

The millions came mainly from online scams run by the Mafia in countries such as Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania and Spain
08 June 2021, Netherlands, The Hague: A view of Europol headquarters before the press conference on the largest ever international police and judicial action against organised crime. International law enforcement agencies announce 800 arrests in more than 16 countries linked to encrypted criminal activities, with Europol calling it the biggest coordinated police sting of its kind. Photo: Jerry Lampen/ANP/dpa
A view of Europol headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands). Photo: Jerry Lampen/dpa.

Spanish police, in cooperation with their Italian counterparts and the European police agency Europol, have arrested 106 suspects on the Canary Island of Tenerife in connection with money laundering for the Italian Mafia.

The gang had allegedly converted funds worth more than 10 million euros (11.7 million dollars) into legal money for various Mafia groups.

The millions came mainly from online scams run by the Mafia in countries such as Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania and Spain, the police announced further on Monday.

A marijuana plantation with 400 plants was also found.

Among other things, the suspects are accused of membership in a criminal organization, fraud, drug trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, forgery, assault, extortion, coercion, robbery and illegal possession of weapons.

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