Bulgarian authorities, in close co-operation with Europol, arrested eight suspects belonging to an international organised criminal group responsible for the production and distribution of counterfeit euro banknotes, the European police agency confirmed on October 6.
In total, counterfeit euro of a face value of three million euro were seized during house searches in Bulgaria’s cities of Sofia and Plovdiv.
“The reach of this organised crime group was far-reaching: their forged notes were detected in circulation in nearly all EU member states,” Europol said.
In parallel, a further 14 individuals were arrested in Ljubljana, Koper, Izola and Piran by the Slovenian authorities on the occasion of which eight kilograms of drugs were also found on one of the suspects.
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