Hundreds of Bosnian police officers raided more than 100 locations and seized large quantities of drugs and weapons, in one of the country's largest actions against organised crime, officials said on Friday.
Many Balkan countries, which aspire to join the European Union, have stepped up efforts to fight gangs in the region, which is widely seen as a major crossroads for smuggling of drugs, weapons and humans.
Police officers from the Muslim-Croat federation and Bosnia's Serb Republic, as well as from the Brcko district, raided the locations on Thursday and Friday and detained 60 people, among them two serving police officers.
"We filed criminal charges against all of them and kept in custody 33 suspects," said Gojko Vasic, head of the Serb Republic's criminal police directorate. "We targeted 73 people but 13 escaped."
The police seized 6.5 kilograms of heroin, 180 kg of marijuana and certain quantities of cocaine and tablets, as well as large quantities of weapons and ammunition, officials said.
Officials in Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia estimate billions of euros have been laundered in the region over the past decade.
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