German police raid neo-Nazi network involved in drugs, money laundering

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German authorities launched coordinated raids against the homes and offices of members of a neo-Nazi network involved in large-scale drug sales and money laundering, dpa reported on Friday.

Police in the eastern state of Thuringia said that they had conducted raids on 27 homes and commercial properties, with more than 500 officers involved in the search. There were also raids in the states of Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt.

Eight suspects aged between 24 and 55 are due to be arrested during the raids, police added.

The officials also sought to confiscate larger items such as cars that might be connected to the crimes.

According to a report by public broadcaster MDR, the suspects are members of two neo-Nazi organizations that has been steering drug sales in the state of Thuringia for several years.

The police operation reportedly resulted from a wiretap.

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