Interpol has issued a preliminary announcement on Operations Athena II and Pandora IV.
A total of 300 coordinated investigations took place, spanning 103 countries. All of which focused on the dismantlement of international networks of art and antiquities traffickers. In total some 101 suspects were arrested.
These results were achieved during the global Operation Athena II, led by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and INTERPOL, which was carried out in synchronization with the Europe-focused Operation Pandora IV coordinated by the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) and Europol in the framework of EMPACT(European multidisciplinary platform against criminal threats).
Europol, INTERPOL and the WCO each played key roles in implementing facilitating information exchange and by providing analytical and operational support.