An international police operation supported by Eurojust and Europol dismantled a major organised crime group involved in large-scale trafficking of Greek archaeological items from Calabria, Italy.

Operation “Achei” was carried out on 18 November and resulted in 23 arrests and 103 searches and seizures, yielding approximately 10.000 archaeological goods.

The group was led by two Italians and the key facilitators were from Italy, France, the UK, Germany and Serbia. Their looting over the course of several years caused considerable damage to the Italian cultural heritage.

Eurojust arranged a coordination centre that enabled simultaneous arrests in the five countries, and coordination of investigative judges, prosecutors and law enforcement authorities. Europol coordinated the information exchange, held several operational meetings, and provided analytical information from its databases.