51 kg of cocaine seized in Frontex-led operation

Frontex led an EU-wide action against synthetic drug smuggling and illegal migration at the EU external air borders. The operation, co-led by Spain and the Netherlands, took place between November and December 2021.

The action, known as JAD Stopover, resulted in the seizure of 51 kg of cocaine, detection of 76 fraudulent documents and 60 refusals of entry.In total, national authorities involved arrested 13 persons in connection with drug importation and one people smuggler.

In 2021, Frontex led five Joint Action Days in different European countries that resulted in the arrest of 223 people smugglers, detection of more than 550 stolen cars, identification of 572 fraudulent documents and more than 840 kg of drugs.

The European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) tackles the most important threats posed by organised and serious international crime affecting the EU. EMPACT strengthens intelligence, strategic and operational cooperation between national authorities, EU institutions and bodies, and international partners. EMPACT runs in four-year cycles focusing on common EU crime priorities.