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Police across Europe launch mafia raids

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Police across Europe have carried out a series raids arresting almost 70 alleged members of a mafia clan from Russia and Georgia.

The operation came after a probe in to the criminal group in Spain, where police earlier made 24 arrests, mainly in the cities of Valencia and Barcelona.

The gang are suspected, among other things, of smuggling drugs and arms, money laundering and extortion.

Authorities also made arrests in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

It’s not the first time the net has been closed on Eastern European mafia groups operating in Spain.

In 2005, 28 people were arrested after more than 400 officers took part in an operation against suspected mafia groups from the former soviet union.

A similar nationwide operation was also launched 2 years ago at the behest of Spanish super judge Baltasar Garzon.

That saw 20 alleged gang members captured as part of crackdown on international money laundering.