Spanish national police arrest 24 people for smuggling migrants

Spanish national police officers arrested a total of 24 members of a criminal network involved in the illicit trafficking of persons between Spain and the Maghreb state.

As reported by La Razon, the investigation consisted of two criminal organizations based in the province of Alicante despite the fact that the investigation reached other national provinces as well as other countries in the Schengen zone, such as France. , reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

According to the report, the two organizations employed four working groups, each with structured and distributed functions and tasks.

Investigators pointed out that the group was “Well structured, with some members only involved in management tasks, and others in accommodation, transport. “

Based on the report published by Europol, Spanish agents seized four vehicles of the suspected gang member and 3.5 kg of ecstasy pills worth almost € 152,600. In addition, the police also found 56 grams of phencyclidine, stolen items, cell phones and other stolen items.

However, this is not the first time that Spain has detected such illegal actions carried out by people involved in illicit cases.

In November, the Spanish National Police announced that they had dismantled an organized criminal group involved in migrant smuggling and other illegal activities in joint action with law enforcement agencies in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Italy, Romania, Slovenia and supported by Eurojust and Europol.

In such an action, a total of 15 people were arrested, including the leader of the network.

“15 arrests in police action & Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia against migrant smugglers on the Balkan route. Eurojust brought together the judicial and prosecution authorities and facilitated the transmission and execution of several European investigative decisions to exchange information and evidence ”, Eurojust pointed out in a statement posted on Twitter.

According to a recent report released by the non-governmental migrant rights organization Walking Borders, a total of 4,404 migrants died in the last year trying to enter Spain. These figures were almost double the death toll in 2020.

The figures provided by Walking Borders were much higher than figures released by the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the highest toll since the group started tracking the data in 2015.

In October, an investigation by the Spanish Civil Guard as well as the French National Gendarmerie dismantled another organized criminal group implicated in migrant smuggling.

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