A news release from Europol on 14 November announced that an investigation that involved the Spanish National Police and other agencies, and supported by Europol, led to the dismantling of a large organised crime group involved arms trafficking and money laundering.  The criminal network, made up of Latvian, Spanish and Ukrainian members, illegally transported Russian weapons and explosives in commercial ships from Ukraine mainly to conflict zones in North Africa and the Middle East, subject to international embargoes.  The illegal shipments were concealed in cargo ship transporting legally sourced armaments and included weapons and heavy armament, including tanks, through the Mediterranean.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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