Police in the western German state of North Rhine-Wesphalia have carried out two large anti-crime operations. One targeted money-laundering gangs, the other, local biker gangs in a case of attempted murder.
German police carried out raids on Tuesday in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in one operation targeting international money-laundering gangs and another focused on a local biker group.
A number of sites suspected of connection to money laundering were searched, state prosecutors in the western German city of Duisburg confirmed to DW.
The raids took place as part of an international operation. The European Union’s police agency, Europol, was also involved; several arrest warrants had been executed in NRW. More written details were set for publication later on Tuesday.
Raids were also carried out in Italy, Switzerland and the southern German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, German news agency DPA reported, with Italian financial police saying they had arrested 22 people and confiscated some €41 million ($46 million) in real estate, cryptocurrencies and on bank accounts.
Italian justice authorities accuse the gangs of having formed fake companies that claimed to have carried out energy-saving renovations on houses without this ever happening. German companies are suspected of being involved by paying these companies for services they never provided to bolster their credibility.