28 people arrested in Barcelona in an operation against the regularization of foreign citizens

Agents of the National Police, in a joint operation with EUROPOL, have dismantled in Barcelona a criminal organization allegedly dedicated to the trafficking of Bangladeshi nationals bound for different European countries. A total of 28 people have been arrested as alleged perpetrators of crimes against the rights of foreign citizens, falsification of documents and belonging to a criminal organization. More than 100 agents deployed an extensive operation in the city of Barcelona to carry out ten entries and searches at the homes and premises of those investigated.

The investigations began in April 2019, when the agents received the first information about this criminal group that acted using various modus operandi. Among its forms of action, the creation, by the leaders of the criminal network, of parent-child ties between Bangladeshi citizens, nationalized in Spain by residence, and national citizens of Bangladesh in an irregular situation in our country, with the aim of that the latter could obtain citizenship fraudulently in exchange for an amount of money that ranged from 8,000 to 20,000 euros.

False documentation, money and jewelry seized in the ten registries

Throughout the investigation, numerous surveillance and follow-ups were carried out, as well as other police investigations, which culminated in the final phase of the operation, in which more than 100 police officers intervened and in which ten entries were made. and records in the homes and premises of the main investigated.

As a result, the agents intervened a high volume of false documentation (ID, passports, employment contracts, certificates, among others), useful for counterfeiting, as well as money and jewelry worth more than 50,000 euros and a significant amount of foreign currency. The investigation has ended with the arrest of 28 people for the alleged commission of crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, against the rights of foreign citizens, and document falsification.