The Greek police have scored a major victory, arresting 10 suspects and issuing warrants for another 14 who are believed to be part of an international gang credited with at least two murders, a bloody armed holdup, human trafficking, gun running and 19 robberies.
The multinational gang is thought to have netted at least 2 million euros since 2006 by running multiple illegal enterprises that also spilled across Greece’s borders, the heads of the interdepartmental operation said on Friday.
These included smuggling undocumented migrants, narcotics and guns from Turkey across the Evros border as well as via the southeastern Aegean island of Rhodes, where they kept a hideout.
The murder in Piraeus in 2009 of a 30-year-old Syrian man and his 24-year-old Moroccan girlfriend is also being credited to the gang as a settling of accounts between members, as is the armed holdup of a downtown Athens jewelry store in 2011, during which the 47-year-old proprietor was shot and seriously injured.
Another eight suspected gang members are already in custody for different offenses.