German police conduct raids in gambling, money laundering case

German police conducted a series of raids in eight cities late Saturday in order to gather evidence in an illegal gambling and money laundering case tied to organized crime families.

Raids were conducted in Essen, Muelheim, Duisburg, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Wuppertal and the municipality of Mettmann – all located in the western state of North Rhine Westphalia – police said.

The locations that were raided included betting shops, slot machine shops, cafes and local associations, a spokeswoman said.

The police has been investigating crime families in North Rhine Westphalia for several years.

In a report issued last year, authorities said that 6,500 suspected crime family associates in the state had carried out some 14,000 criminal acts between 2016 and 2018.

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