The Spanish and the French National Police, supported by Europol, dismantled a large poly-criminal network involved in migrant smuggling, trafficking of human beings and drug trafficking.

The criminal group targeted unaccompanied minors in protection centers in Spain, and made them escape the centers and embark on dangerous journeys towards western Europe.

The group also used recruiters from different countries to target migrants from their own national group, that were then transported from Spain to France on buses, which they also used to smuggle hashish, tobacco and hunting species.

Europol supported the operation with coordination, analysis and information exchange, and financed the operational meeting and provided on-the-sport support during the action day.