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Cretan raids lead to arrests

Police arrested three people in Rethymnon, Crete, on Saturday on weapons possession and drug charges as part of a broader investigation into criminal activity linked to the village of Zoniana. Police said on Saturday they had inspected 13 homes, in the presence of prosecutors, and detained seven people of which three were arrested. Officials from the Special Investigation Service, a Finance Ministry department that targets financial crime, confiscated 51,700 euros and other documents, authorities added. Saturday’s crackdown followed the arrests of seven more suspects on the island last week. Police are believed to be linking the arrests to the operation in Zoniana where, since November, they have been attempting to smash a local criminal gang that is involved in the illegal gun trade, drug dealing and money laundering.