(GRT MANCHESTER) Crown Court Report: A Vietnamese people smuggler who brought migrants into the UK to put them to work in his cannabis farms has been jailed for 11yrs on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: The investigation uncovered a number of cannabis grows throughout the north west of England organised by Do, who was also working with other north west-based criminals to smuggle migrants across from France to work in them:

People smuggler put migrants to work in his north west cannabis farms: ‘Tuan Anh Do, 55, from Cheetham Hill, Manchester, was arrested following an undercover investigation by the National Crime Agency’

8 March 2021:

Cannabis farm

However, Do and his associates people smuggling activities had been infiltrated by undercover NCA officers.

Do was convicted of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration following a trial at in November 2018. He was found guilty of two counts of conspiring to produce class B drugs following a second trial in April 2019.

Today, 8 March 2021, a judge at Manchester Crown Court sentenced Do to 11 years in prison.

NCA surveillance teams witnessed a number of meetings between Do and other members of the OCG where they planned bringing migrants over from France, with Do claiming to have contacts with criminal networks involved in people smuggling overseas.

At one point Do spoke directly to a NCA undercover officer regarding a proposal so smuggle migrants to the UK.

Do was arrested at a restaurant he ran with his wife in Blackburn in June 2017. Behind the bar in the restaurant was a piece of paper with a proposed pick-up location for migrants in Belgium. A substantial amount of cannabis was in his car, along with paperwork for another address in Accrington, which was discovered to be a cannabis farm.

NCA Operations Manager Jon Sayers said: “Put simply, people smugglers put lives at risk: “ They see migrants as a commodity to be profited from, and have no care for the safety of those they move. We have seen the tragic consequences: “ In the case of Tuan Anh Do, not only was he involved in setting up these dangerous journeys, he was also looking to criminally exploit the migrants when they got here, putting them to work in illegal cannabis farms: “ We are working with law enforcement partners in the UK and overseas to stop criminal enterprises like this, and we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle them.” A second man Mark Vella, 57, from Worsley, was also sentenced today to 23 months in prison, suspended for two years: Vella was involved in the running of another cannabis farm raided by the NCA and Greater Manchester Police in Bolton in April 2017, where cannabis plants worth more than £100,000 were seized. He had a 10 year lease on the property, signed less than a year before: He had been in regular contact with Do prior to his arrest, and both men admitted a separate charge of conspiring together to produce class B drugs at a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on 5 January this year: A number of other men have been previously convicted and sentenced for their roles in the organised crime group:

Mark Minister, from Walkden in Greater Manchester, was given a five year jail term in January 2019: He was in direct contact with Do to arrange people smuggling, as were Scott Downie and Anthony Corkovic, both from Salford, who were jailed for seven years in October 2017: Another man, Jetlind Gjyriqi, of Merton, south London, was sentenced to five years at the same time:

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Mar.11: 2021:

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CAIRO: ‘ Security Forces arrest Human Traffickers & Illegal Migrants attempting to cross Egyptian-Libyan borders ‘

#AceNewsReport – CAIRO:July.28:  A total of 339 people, including four human traffickers were arrested Monday while attempting to illegally travel to Libya through Egypt’s Western Desert towns of Sallum, Siwa and Matrouh, Youm7 reported.

In Sallum, 225 Egyptians and two Sudanese nationals were arrested. At least 125 of the Egyptians arrested were from Upper Egypt; the most deprived region in the country.

Fifty-nine illegal migrants were from Fayoum governorate, 100 kilometers southwest of Cairo while 39 were from the Delta and two from Giza.

In Siwa, 53 Egyptians were arrested; 32 from Fayoum, 20 from Upper Egypt and one from the Delta.

Furthermore, four human traffickers, operating on the Egyptian-Libyan borders, were arrested Monday along with 13 Egyptian workers while attempting to illegally travel to Libya.

The four men, 42, 31, 29 and 29, were paid 6,000 EGP ($760) from each migrant to help infiltrating into Libya in two vehicles through informal desert routes.

The 13 workers, arrested in Sidi Barrany town of Matrouh, include 11 from Fayoum, one from Cairo and one from Giza.

Meanwhile, 22 illegal migrants to Libya were injured Monday in a road accident took place between Sidi Barrany and Sallum.

The group’s vehicle flipped over during a police pursuit. Fifteen of those injured needed medical assistance and were transferred to Matrouh Public Hospital.

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