The EU's law enforcement agency released a report on organised crime Monday highlighting the extent of the problem on the continent.
Similar drug-smuggling vessels have in the past been discovered at sea, especially near Central and South America.
Rare tortoise species can be worth up to €30,000 when sold on the black market.
The criminal group had sold more than 26,000 counterfeit banknotes worth €1.3 million
Twitter, Google, Instagram and Telegram were involved in the operation, Europol said.
Lacote was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud in an organised gang, death threats and participation in an association of criminals. Van Acker was given two years as an accomplice.
In total, an estimated €117 million worth of food and drink was seized
The EU's police agency says an investigation with Spanish police uncovered a Europe-wide scam trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption.
There were fewer terrorist attacks on the European mainland last year. But people travelling to Syria to engage in the conflict there are getting