German police make searches to crack down on criminal gangs

BERLIN (AP) " Prosecutors say more than 1,000 police officers have made searches related to criminals gangs across Germany and have seized weapons, drugs and documents.

German news agency dpa reports the raids took place early Wednesday with the goal of finding evidence for illegal business.

The state interior minister of Hesse, Peter Beuth, called the raids a "thoroughly planned blow against organized crime in Germany."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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