German Police Raid Neo-Nazi Network, Seize Drugs

Police officers launched searches in Thuringia and other German states to apprehend members of a Neo-Nazi network as well as suspected drug dealers.

Following police searches against suspected drug sellers on Thursday, German authorities detained six persons, with one more being apprehended while on vacation in Greece.

German police said 14 people were investigated for money laundering and other crimes.

Seized items worth roughly €1.4 million ($1.48 million) included a substantial amount of cash, a small number of narcotics and steroids, and multiple cell phones during the Thursday raid. 

Officers also confiscated three working handguns, as well as gas-powered and inoperable weapons, and several things bearing Nazi emblems.

The raids, which mostly targeted Thuringia in central Germany, involved over 550 cops. 

German police also searched homes in Berlin and Schleswig-Holstein.

At least four of the suspects were believed to be members of the far-right group “Brotherhood Thuringia,” which is known for wearing leather cuts similar to those used by biker gangs.

Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution — its internal security agency — has been keeping tabs on the group for several years, with authorities estimating that the extremists had maintained contacts outside Germany. 

Thuringia’s Interior Minister Georg Meier described the group as “very, very extreme and violent.”

Meier also stressed the importance of keeping track of extremist groups’ financing sources.

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