Officers said they found 50 passports at one funeral home in Neukölln. They suspect the funeral director sold the documents of dead people to people smugglers for between €2,000 and €5,000. The smugglers then sold them to refugees and immigrants.
The 49-year-old funeral director is suspected alongside three over people although no arrests have yet been made.
Alongside the German passports police also found documents from Egypt, Morocco and Lebanon.
“It’s a brand new method which we haven’t seen in Germany before,” said Frank Worm from Berlin Police.
Neukölln on Thursday. Photo: DPA" />
Around 120 officers took part in the raids in an operation called Funeral. Police said 19 properties in the Neukölln, Kreuzberg">Kreuzberg and Schöneberg districts of the city, including homes and offices of funeral directors had been searched.
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Prosecutors are investigating nine cases as part of the operation dating back to 2010 and the majority of the cases are linked to Syria.