Law enforcement in Spain and Poland have taken down with Europol’s support an international drug trafficking organization suspected of bringing into Poland vast amounts of drugs hidden in lorries of fruit and vegetables.

Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized over 260 kilos of marijuana, amphetamine, and cocaine with a total street value of EUR 2 925 400.

Over the past year, a number of actions have been carried out against the members of this criminal organization, resulting in 42 arrests, including the ringleaders.

On 23 April 2023, a series of coordinated raids were carried out across both countries, resulting in 14 arrests in Poland and 6 arrests in Spain. On this occasion, cash worth over half a million euros was seized in various currencies.

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The first strike against this criminal organization took place a year prior. In April 2022, the Polish Police Central Bureau of Investigation arrested 7 suspects smuggling drugs into Poland. Among the cargo of potatoes they were hauling from Spain, the investigators found 158 bags of marijuana. An additional 51 bags of marijuana were seized at the homes of the suspects arrested. 

The evidence collected over the course of the investigation revealed how this criminal organization is linked to the smuggling of 3 tonnes of marijuana, worth an estimated EUR 30 million.

The criminals would smuggle the drugs in refrigerated lorries from Spain to Poland, via the Netherlands and Germany. The investigation was also able to uncover how the gang members had links to hooligans of various sports clubs. 

Europol’s support was instrumental in the success of this case. In the framework of its operational activities, Europol was able to develop reliable intelligence concerning the activities of this drug trafficking organization.

Europol has been providing continuous intelligence development and analysis to support field investigators. During the action, Europol facilitated real-time coordination among all the partners involved, ensuring swift tactical decisions to adjust the strategy as required.