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Updated – NCA strike against suspected people smugglers: Following yesterday’s operation to disrupt a suspected people smuggling network, the 19 men and two women arrested have been released under investigation.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) today [6 Feb 2018] launched a major strike against a suspected criminal network accused of smuggling hundreds of Iraqi-Kurdish migrants into the UK.

Officers from the NCA, NERSOU*, Cleveland, Northumbria, Sussex and Metropolitan police forces arrested 21 people at addresses across the North East, South Coast and London early this morning.

The strike was one of the NCA’s biggest since it began operations in 2013, with around 350 officers from the agency and its partners taking part.
It followed an NCA investigation into a Kurdish network suspected of smuggling people to the UK from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Migrant are believed to have paid between £5,000 and £10,000 to be smuggled by the group.

The NCA worked closely with the French Police Aux Frontières (PAF), the Belgian Federal Police and Dutch Kmar in the year-long investigation which led up to the strike.

Agents linked to the network are alleged to have recruited drivers both on the Continent and in Teesside.

Over the past year the NCA’s officers, in partnership with Immigration Enforcement, Border Force and European partners, have stopped several drivers and safeguarded migrants found on board their vehicles.

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Updated – NCA strike against suspected people smugglers: Following yesterday’s operation to disrupt a suspected people smuggling network, the 19 men and two women arrested have been released under investigation.The National Crime Agency (NCA) today [6 Feb 2018] launched a major strike against a suspected criminal network accused of smuggling hundreds of Iraqi-Kurdish migrants into the UK.Officers from the NCA, NERSOU*, Cleveland, Northumbria, Sussex and Metropolitan police forces arrested 21 people at addresses across the North East, South Coast and London early this morningThe strike was one of the NCA’s biggest since it began operations in 2013, with around 350 officers from the agency and its partners taking part.It followed an NCA investigation into a Kurdish network suspected of smuggling people to the UK from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.Migrant are believed to have paid between £5,000 and £10,000 to be smuggled by the group.The NCA worked closely with the French Police Aux Frontières (PAF), the BelgianFederal Police and Dutch Kmar in the year-long investigation which led up to the strike.Agents linked to the network are alleged to have recruited drivers both on the Continent and in Teesside