Sixty-two arrested in Europol crackdown smuggling Cuban migrants

Sixty-two arrested in Europol crackdown smuggling migrants from Cuba

HAVANA, July 24 Law enforcement from five countries have disrupted an intercontinental criminal network that was smuggling migrants from Cuba to the European Union,

with the move leading to the arrest of 62 people, Europol and Interpol, who coordinated the international investigation, said on Monday.

A Europol statement said the criminal network focused on Cubans in vulnerable situations, and that for 9,000 euros ($9,969.30), it would organize their journey to Europe and provide false documentation.

In total, it is suspected that the criminal network successfully smuggled around 5,000 Cuban nationals into the EU.

Besides the arrests, police also seized 18 pieces of real estate, 33 vehicles, and 144 bank accounts, alongside vast sums of cash in various currencies.