Global action against wildlife crime: 4,400 reptiles saved from criminal hands across Europe
Operation Blizzard, carried out between 12 April and 22 May 2019, targeted the criminal networks behind the illegal global trade of reptiles. The operation, coordinated by Europol and INTERPOL, involved agencies from 22 countries and led to seizures ranging from live animals to high-end fashion products. The operational activities targeted aircraft passengers, commercial cargo, pet shops and those legally allowed to keep reptile.
Europol supported the operation and provided technical support, coordinated information exchange, seizures and inspections in the EU.