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Polish cops have dealt another blow to an international criminal network that has been trafficking drugs throughout Europe. 

The Polish Police Central Bureau of Investigation (Policja) arrested seven suspects allegedly linked to a criminal group that is suspected of operating in several EU countries.

More than 100 police officers carried out raids and arrested individuals who are suspected of taking part in the transport and transfer of large quantities of drugs. They are also said to have recruited truck drivers for smuggling drugs.

It is thought that this criminal group has trafficked tonnes of drugs since 2016 and controlled the wholesale supply chain from the production to large shipments across several EU countries, and the marketing of drugs.

Europol says the truck drivers recruited to transport drugs carried out their illegal activities under the cover of transport legally set-up companies.

These latest arrests follow a two-year-long investigation that was initiated in 2019 to dismantle the criminal network.

“Supporting the investigation since its very beginning as a high-priority case, Europol helped set up the international cooperation,” Europol said in a statement. “Europol actively coordinated and supported the investigation as well as the action days.

“As a result of the effective cooperation between Polish authorities, Spain’s Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), Europol and Eurojust, 100 suspects have been arrested to date. The investigation has also led to the seizure of around 1.5 tonnes of marijuana, 91 kg of hashish, 43 kg of cocaine, 8 units of weapons, and 27 cannabis plantations. The plantations included over 20 000 plants in various stages of growth and could enable the production of nearly 2 tonnes of drugs.”

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