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Albanian Trafficking Raids Result In The Arrests Of Six Men And One Lady

Seven persons have been arrested in an operation that police expect would have’significantly disrupted’ a people smuggling network that unlawfully transported hundreds of Albanian migrants to the UK for up to PS25,000 each person, according to reports.
The accused ringleader of the network was apprehended in a series of searches yesterday in south London, Surrey, Oxfordshire, and Hartlepool, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Authorities suspect the alleged smugglers, who have contacts in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland, utilized lorries and rented vans to transport passengers from northern France to the United Kingdom.
Six men and a woman, ranging in age from 26 to 44, have been arrested and are being questioned on suspicion of involvement in a variety of crimes.
Suspicion of helping illegal immigration, conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration, money laundering, and possession of fraudulent identification documents are among them.
A van carrying ten Albanian detainees was stopped by Border Force police performing vehicle searches at the Channel Tunnel station in Coquelles, near Calais, this week. The van was stuffed with things, with the migrants huddled inside behind them disguised by a falcon.
Searches were also conducted in Croydon town centre, south London, and Hartlepool, North Yorkshire.
‘The network purported to provide a top-of-the-line service and charged accordingly, using complicit drivers to carry migrants in hired vehicles,’ said NCA branch chief Richard Harrison.
‘This activity posed a substantial concern to both the safety of the migrants involved and the security of UK border controls,’ according to the NCA. In the six months leading up to December 2020, Border Force officers conducting vehicle searches at the Channel Tunnel terminal at Coquelles, near Calais, were able to foil six smuggling attempts.
In May, two other attempts linked to the network were thwarted as NCA officers exchanged information with French and German counterparts, resulting in police stopping trucks carrying migrants before they could reach the coast.
Migrants are thought to have paid between PS20,000 and PS25,000 in some circumstances to try to enter the UK, according to the NCA.
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Selami Cokaj, who was once on Interpol’s most wanted list, came to the United Kingdom after escaping from an Albanian prison where he had been imprisoned for fatally stabbing a man in 1994.
He was deported to his native country in 2009, but returned in 2015, building up many businesses and living freely in Leicester.
The 47-year-old has now been deported to Albania after a five-year stay in the United States.
‘I make no apology for seeking to remove dangerous foreign offenders to keep the British public safe,’ the Home Secretary told The Mail on Sunday from Tirana, Albania, where she signed a pact this month to tighten deportation operations.
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People smuggling, according to NCA deputy director Andrea Wilson, is “a kind of criminality in which individuals are abused for profit by criminals who have no regard for human life,” and the punishments for those caught are “serious and life-changing,” and “it is simply not worth the risk.”
Under a post-Brexit accord negotiated by Priti Patel earlier this month, criminals and those who are denied refuge in Albania will be sent back to their native country more quickly.
The Home Secretary inked an agreement with the Eastern European country that will make it easier to deport convicted criminals.
It will also make it easier to relocate Albanian asylum seekers who have been turned down and those who have overstayed their visas.
Following Brexit, the bilateral agreement with the country will be considered as a huge step forward, and it might pave the door for similar agreements with other EU countries such as Poland.
The agreement, reached during Miss Patel’s official visit to Albania’s capital, Tirana, will make the process of transferring Albanian offenders and individuals in conflict with their immigration status ‘easier and faster,’ according to Home Office officials.
The new agreement comes as the number of foreign nationals imprisoned in England and Wales continues to rise.
Non-UK citizens now account for one in every eight inmates, or 9,850 of the 78,000 in prison.
In 2013, the government signed an deal with Albania to free imprisoned offenders, but just 24 were released six years later.
Since April, the government has deported 254 Albanian criminals and another 85 people who have no right to be in the country, although a number of criminals from the Eastern European country have been permitted to stay in the UK after falsely claiming refugee status following the end of the Kosovo war in 1999.

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