Police dismantled three criminal gangs at once in a sweep late Friday that led to 48 arrests in a case believed to implicate up to 220 suspects.
The three gangs, which are believed to be closely interlinked, face charges of drug trafficking, pimping, forgery, arms possession and trafficking as well as money laundering. Out of the 220 people who will have charges filed against, the 18 are considered leading members. Most of the suspects had been monitored by the National Intelligence Agency (EYP).
The intelligence was used by police to conduct raids in Thessaly, Athens and Thessaloniki on Friday night that covered all of Thessaly as well as Athens.
A total of 34 houses, warehouses and other buildings were searched with 48 people arrested including two foreign women. Police seized large quantities of drugs including cocaine, heroin, cannabis as well as various weapons, 43 cars and a motorbike, believed to have been used for the trafficking of drugs, 88 cell phones, 32,350 euros in banknotes and bills of exchange, and a number of forged certificates.