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High-ranking members of Armenian Mafia busted in France

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

French police busted an Armenian Mafia group across France, Europol reported today. On Monday, around 200 officers from the Gendarmerie Nationale (French Gendarmerie) and Customs, with on-the-field support by Europol, targeted suspects involved in large-scale criminal activities, including cigarette smuggling, extortion and money laundering.

Over 27 house searches were carried out in Rennes, Gap, St. Etienne, Nancy, Strasbourg, Haguenau, Reims, Chalon-Sur-Saone, Paris, Nantes, Limoges and Brest. As a result, 21 suspects were arrested, including an individual believed to be a high-ranking member of this Mafia group. Some €23,000 euros in cash were seized at the premises, alongside over 2,000 packs of cigarettes, 23 kilograms of raw tobacco and 6 weapons.

The sting follows a lengthy and complex investigation supported by Spanish and German authorities looking into the activities of the Armenian Mafia. The suspects used a special modus operandi were cars were used a mean of payment for further criminal actions. They would exchange drugs or cigarettes against cars. 

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