Criminal group selling contaminated fish taken down

Criminal group selling contaminated fish taken down


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In a major operation coordinated by Eurojust, authorities from Romania, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Portugal took action against an organised crime group involved in illegal fishing in contaminated waters, tax evasion and money laundering.
The members of the organised crime group, who were former fishermen, developed a sophisticated mechanism for poaching and purchasing fish from contaminated territorial waters in Italy, Spain and France, where fishing is prohibited. The contaminated fish was stored in and transported to several EU countries in improper and unsanitary conditions, and then sold to Romanian companies.
Eurojust helped the national authorities throughout their investigations, and all gathered information was used to block 30 tons of additional contaminated fish from entering the Romanian market. Europol assisted the investigations with cross-matching of information and evidence, demonstrating links to France and Italy.
The Romanian Sanitary, Veterinary and Food Safety Authority destroyed the entire amount of seized fish.

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