Europol: 108 Smugglers Arrested, 2 Tonnes of Eels Seized During Operation Lake
Europol’s Operation Lake, aiming to combat trafficking of endangered species in the EU and taking down the organized crime groups overseeing the activities led to the arrest of 108 suspected smugglers and over 2 tonnes of smuggled eels.
The fourth edition of the Operation took place from October 2019 to April 2020. Europol, the EU Wildlife / CITES Enforcement Group, EnviCrimeNet and the EU FOOD FRAUD network coordinated law enforcement authorities from 19 countries across Europe.
During the Operation, the rescued animals were reintroduced to their natural habitats once...
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