Published on Europol website on October 6th, 2023.

New investigative leads will be developed within Europol’s OTF Balkan Cartel.

A total of 16 suspects have been arrested this week in a major international operation against an organised crime group trafficking cocaine between Brazil and Europe. The gang’s ringleader, a Serbian national residing in Brazil, features among those arrested.

The investigation, carried out in the framework of Europol’s Operational Taskforce (OTF) ‘Balkan Cartel’, was a collaborative effort between law enforcement authorities on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the last year and a half, the involved authorities worked tirelessly together to gather intelligence and coordinate the operational activities.

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