With a large-scale police raid In the Ruhr area, the police have cracked down on clan crime. 1,300 police officers are on duty, explained the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior. "The prelude to the biggest raid against clan crime in the history of North Rhine-Westphalia", the authority wrote on Twitter.
In Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Recklinghausen and Gelsenkirchen, officials searched shisha bars, betting shops, cafes and tearooms. In Essen, according to the police, one person was arrested.
It is about the suspicion of money laundering, tax evasion and illicit work, said a ministry spokeswoman. The police are supported by customs and tax authorities. In addition, there are traffic controls. Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) had been on site in the measures in Bochum.
"We consistently prosecute crimes and misdemeanors committed by individual members of the" family clan "," tweeted the Essen police. Shisha bars were closed due to excessive exposure to carbon monoxide.
Millions seized in NRW
In early December, investigators had arrested nearly 90 suspects in large-scale raids against the Italian mafia organization 'Ndrangheta in Germany and other states. The allegations are about drug trafficking and money laundering. In Germany, 47 suspects are being investigated as part of the operation.
In North Rhine-Westphalia in particular, according to authorities, assets of several million euros were provisionally seized at that time. The search warrants in Germany at that time involved around 440 civil servants; there were 14 arrests.