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An Garda Siochana team up with Europol in largest crime-targeting operation in EU history

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An Garda Siochana were involved in the largest crime-targeting operation in EU history in the last eight days.

Gardai teamed up with Europol and 33 other countries to carry out Operation Archimedes, arresting over 1,000 individuals in a week.

Between September 15 and 23, authorities across the continent arrested a total of 1027 individuals, seized almost 600kg of cocaine, 200 kg of heroin and 1.3 tonnes of cannabis, as well as saving 30 Romanian children from trafficking.

The intelligence-led operation was coordinated and supported by Europol from its headquarters in The Hague.

"Operation Archimedes is a milestone in attempts by the law enforcement community to deliver concerted action against organised crime groups in Europe,” Director of Europol Rob Wainwright said.

“The scale of the operation is unprecedented and the outcome, with over 1000 arrests made across Europe, a reminder to even the most serious criminal groups that the international law enforcement community is determined to combat their illegal activities,” he added.

Raids and other interventions took place in hundreds of locations including airports, border-crossing points, ports and crime hot spots in towns and cities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection in countries Australia, Colombia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the USA were also involved.

As part of the operation, An Garda Siochana made 106 arrests. The An Garda Siochana operation is ongoing.

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