So far, 59 people have been arrested as part of a major police operation under way to dismantle two large-scale criminal organizations that have been operating systematically in the smuggling of gold they have transported abroad.
Among those arrested are the well-known owner of a large chain of pawnshops, Richard, with dozens of stores across the country and television commercials. The well-known lender served as administrator and sent jewelery abroad.
It should be noted that in addition to the 59 arrests, gold and silver jewelry and plates have been seized, as well as weapons, large sums of money and a lot of gold.
The operation is carried out by the Northeast Attica Security Division and the Maroussi Security Department with the assistance of the Attica Security Directorate and the ECAM. At least 150 police officers participated and investigations were conducted in Volos and Thessaloniki.