North Macedonia police break up migrant smugglers ring

Police in North Macedonia say they've broken up a criminal ring of migrant smugglers and filed charges against 21 people, including a police officer, for illegal trafficking

SKOPJE, North Macedonia -- Police in North Macedonia say they've broken up a criminal ring of migrant smugglers and filed charges against 21 people, including a police officer, for illegal trafficking.

Police said Saturday they raided 20 locations in four cities, including the capital, Skopje, detained 17 people and seized several cellphones, weapons and travel documents, as well as significant amounts of drugs and money. Three men are on the run and one is already in jail on another charge.

An investigative judge ordered 11 people to be placed in 30-day custody.