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Arms dealers exposed in Spain, Ukrainians among detained

Source : 112 Ukraine

The law enforces confiscated property and funds for 10 million euros during the special operation
17:50, 16 November 2020

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The major criminal group of arms dealers was exposed in Spain.  There are Ukrainians among the detainees as the Europol reported.

The detention took place on November 12 in Spanish regions Alicante, Barcelona and Valencia. The investigation was held since 2018. The law enforces confiscated property and funds for 10 million euros during the special operation.

“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. The arm traffickers transported weapons and heavy armament, including tanks, through the Mediterranean,” the message said.

Related: Police expose people who smuggled illegal immigrants from Russia to EU countries across Ukrainian border

The money from this activity was transferred to accounts of the European banks, mostly in Switzerland and the UK and later to Spain where they were used under the coverage of the legal business.

It is noted that the escalation of the contradictions between the leaders of the group facilitated the law enforcers in detention.

As we reported, in the territory of Ukraine, the transnational group of human traffickers recruited Ukrainians for the transfer of illegal migrants from the countries of South-West Asia to Europe was exposed. Over 200 Ukrainians were recruited in five years.

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