The Hague, The Netherlands (AP) — Law enforcement agencies said Tuesday. It revealed plots to move drugs and kill in a secret FBI-operated messaging app, law enforcement said Tuesday. As they revealed the global sting operation they said was “Unprecedented bombs” in organized crime in countries around the world.
The operation, known as the Trojan Shield, has led to police raids in 16 countries. More than 800 suspects have been arrested and more than 32 tons of drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, amphetamine and methamphetamine. It was seized along with 250 firearms, 55 luxury cars, and more than $148 million in cash and cryptocurrencies.
The seed of the stinger was sown when law enforcement agencies previously destroyed two cryptographic platforms, EncroChat and Sky ECC, which were used by criminal gangs to organize drug trafficking and underworld attacks. with various gangs In the market for new communication methods, the FBI stepped in with a secretly developed app called ANOM installed on modified mobile phones. Calls through unsuspecting middlemen to more than 300 gangs operating in more than 100 countries.
Collect intelligence and analyze “We can prevent murder. leading to drug seizure leading to weapon seizure and help prevent many crimes,” said Calvin Chivers, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division. said at a press conference in The Hague. netherlands
An FBI-led operation involving the US Drug Enforcement Administration. EU police, Europol, and law enforcement in many countries have dealt with “an unprecedented criminal network. And this happens all over the world.” Police Chief Janine van den Berg.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Jennifer Hurst called it “a time of change in the history of global law enforcement.
The ANOM app is popular in criminal circles. As users say it’s a safe platform, all the time, police look over the shoulders of criminals as they discuss attacks, drug delivery and other crimes.
“There is a gap that arises from the lack of these encrypted platforms,” Shivers said of the initial move to remove apps the gang had previously used. “To create opportunities for cooperation with our international partners not only develop specific tools but also to develop the process of intelligence gathering and dissemination of intelligence.”
Law enforcement agencies from Sweden to New Zealand explained that the operation had a significant impact.
Swedish police have prevented dozens of planned killings. and believed they had arrested According to Linda Staff, Sweden’s head of the National Crime Intelligence Service, Linda Stav has several “top actors in criminal networks”.
Finnish police said on Tuesday that nearly 100 people had been detained and seized more than 500 kilograms (half a ton) of drugs, guns and dozens of pieces of cash worth hundreds of thousands of euros (dollars) in Germany, the prosecutor’s office in Frank. Furt said more than 70 people had been arrested on Monday. and seized drugs, cash and weapons.
In Australia, officials said they arrested 224 people and seized more than four tons and $35 million of drugs. New Zealand police said they had arrested 35 people and seized millions of dollars of drugs and property.
“Today, the Australian Government as part of the global action has hit criminals hard,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. “Not only in this country. But it also reflects the global crimes.”
last year European police have made a huge impact on organized crime after decrypting an encrypted communication network called EncroChat, which is used by criminal gangs across the continent.
in March Belgian police have arrested dozens of people after decrypting another encrypted chat system and confiscating more than 17 tons of cocaine.
The latest action goes even further.
“The success of Operation Trojan Shield is the result of tremendous innovation, dedication and unprecedented international cooperation,” Shivers said, “and the results are amazing.”
Perry reports from Wellington, New Zealand, Associated Press writer Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin, Jari Tanner in Helsinki, and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Contribute to this report