Fourteen people were arrested during a major action by the German police in the Ruhr against organized crime. More than 100 people have been charged and 25 catering establishments have been closed.
Approximately 1,300 agents monitored more than 1,500 people from Saturday night until deep into the night.
In the cities of Dortmund, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Bochum and Duisburg, the police searched over one hundred tea houses, arcades and discotheques.
In addition, hundreds of kilos of illegal tobacco, ten weapons and a few thousand euros of cash were seized. The companies that had to close did not meet building and hygiene requirements.
The Ministry of the Interior of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia called Sunday the "biggest action against criminal gangs in the history of the Land".
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