Global crime bust includes 70 in Sweden, 49 in Netherlands – Europol

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AMSTERDAM — Officials from Europol, the FBI, Sweden and the Netherlands on Tuesday gave details of the European leg of a global sting in which criminals were given phones that allowed law enforcement officials to listen in on their conversations.

Europol Deputy Executive Director Jean-Phillipe Lecouffe said that in all, law enforcement from 16 countries had arrested more than 800 suspects, seizing more than $48 million in cash and cryptocurrencies.

The officials did not break down all arrests in each country, but a Swedish official said 70 had been arrested in Sweden and a Dutch official said 49 were arrested in the Netherlands.

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Countries involved included Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, New Zealand, Scotland, Britain, Germany, and the U.S., Lecouffe said. (Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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