Police arrested 20 suspects as part of a sweeping crackdown on an organized drug-smuggling network in Germany on Wednesday. Investigators accused them of being involved in importing large amounts of cannabis from southern Europe to sell in Germany, police in the northwestern state of Lower Saxony said. The suspects are also thought to have trafficked cocaine from South America to a “considerable extent,” the police said. In addition, the perpetrators allegedly dealt in firearms, the Hannover Interior Ministry reported. The network’s alleged activities date back to 2017. Watch video 02:56 Share Trafficking cocaine Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3mRnA Cocaine trafficking – Just another business How police caught up with the smugglers According to German tabloid newspaper Bild , the investigation was initiated by the Federal Criminal Police Office. Investigations in France were crucial. Specialists in the country analyzed messages sent through the now-defunct encrypted messaging service EncroChat. In many cases, chat pseudonyms were traced to several suspects in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony. Raids leading to arrests were carried out in Hannover and around the town of Celle, in the same state, according to a police statement. Raids also went ahead in the… Read full this story
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