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106 held in organised crime raids

More than 100 people have been arrested in Ireland as part of what has been described as the single largest assault on organised crime across Europe.

Operation Archimedes is targeting almost all kinds of crime, ranging from drug-trafficking to illegal immigration, tax fraud, counterfeiting and theft.

Already 1,027 arrests have been made across the continent and 30 Romanian children were saved from being trafficked.

The operation started on September 15.

It also netted large amounts of drugs, including cocaine and heroin.

Europol director Rob Wainwright said the operation "has led, I think, to a very significant attack on the whole criminal infrastructure in Europe".

"Operation Archimedes is a milestone in attempts by the law enforcement community to deliver concerted action against organised crime groups in Europe," he said.

As part of the operation, 106 arrests have been made in Ireland.

These include 40 for burglary, 16 for theft, and others for handling stolen goods, counterfeiting currency, criminal damage, public order offences, possession of weapons and one arrest for sexual offences.

Law enforcement authorities from 34 countries are involved in the continuing operation.

Europol said the operation is focused on disrupting the activities of the most threatening criminal groups across Europe.

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