106 people arrested in multinational mafia sting operation

Most of the suspected members were Italian nationals and the majority of the arrests took place on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, Europol said in a statement.

According to Italy's police force, the suspects tricked their victims, who were also mostly Italian, into sending large sums to Spanish bank accounts controlled by the group.

That cash was then allegedly laundered through cryptocurrency purchases or reinvested in other criminal activities like prostitution, narcotics or arms trafficking.