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Andean Group - April 2020

New challenges in the fight against illegal mining

A long-running ‘mega-operation’, backed by a team of 47 prosecutors and over 1,200 police officers, culminated in February with 18 arrests in Peru’s north-western region of La Libertad. These were members of ‘Los Topos del Frío’, a criminal group behind one of the country’s largest illegal gold mining networks, and their detention enabled security forces to seize an estimated US$10m worth of illegal gold.

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