Romanian, German officials smash migrant trafficking ring

Romanian and German officials have raided homes and hotels in both countries to smash an illegal migrant trafficking ring they said was one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Romanian prosecutors from the organized crime and terrorism agency said police conducted 12 searches Wednesday in western Romania.

A statement said the group located and guided migrants and organized their accommodation and transport through Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany aided by guides of Arab origin. They said migrants paid between 4,000 to 5,000 euros ($4,960-$6,200).

German judicial authorities and Europol helped the probe which allegedly involved suspects who "were part of a vast European network of migrants."

Prosecutors said migrants entered Romania illegally from Serbia and were later taken to Hungary and then Germany.