The Federal Police attacked alleged members of a smuggling gang with a major raid. The officers searched a total of 28 properties in four federal states. The investigations focus mainly on Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia and are directed, inter alia, against members of a Lebanese family clan, as the prosecutor Trier announced.
The investigators accuse the suspects of migrant and migrant smuggling and other criminal offenses. During the raid, 28 objects were searched. 16 of them are in Rhineland-Palatinate, ten in North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, one object was searched in Berlin and Saarland.
Two arrest warrants were executed in Rhineland-Palatinate. Against members of the family clan and other persons are determined because of the commercial and gang-based infiltration of foreigners and other crimes. According to Bild newspaper, the anti-terrorist special unit GSG9 was used in the police action. A Lebanese family man and his son were arrested by the unit.
Conference on strategies against clan crime
Meanwhile, a conference on strategies against criminal members of Arab-born clans is taking place in Berlin. According to experts, national and international cooperation is urgently needed in the fight against them. This was stated by Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) and Europol's Head of Organized Crime, Jari Matti Liukku, at the beginning of the conference.
"If we succeed in working cross-national and transnational, we are already one step further," said Geisel. "An open disregard of the rules of the state must be sanctioned." In Berlin, there have been 237 police operations against clans since the beginning of this year - 55 of them in cooperation with customs, the tax office, the districts and job centers.
Liukku cited numerous examples of the international networking of organized crime, especially drug trafficking, money laundering and economic ties. The structures ranged from Europe to South America and Asia. The SPD member of parliament Susanne Mittag spoke of a "power issue", because the clans questioned the ability of the state to act.