(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A man wanted by for eight years for his alleged role in a large-scale international drug trafficking plot has been arrested in Dubai #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.11: Moogan had been on the run since a raid that took place at a café in Rotterdam suspected of being used as a front for meetings between drug traffickers and cartels, and central to a plot to bring hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the UK every week:

NCA WANTED REPORT: One of the most wanted fugitives detained following Dubai Police operation: Michael Paul Moogan, 35, from Croxteth, Liverpool, who featured as part of the Operation Captura most wanted fugitives campaign, was apprehended on 21 April as a result of joint working between Dubai Police and the NCA.

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For operational reasons details can only be revealed now.

Working with the Dutch National Crime Squad, the NCA became aware of information that linked Moogan and two other British men to the Café de Ketel – a business not open to the public that could only be entered via a security system.NCA officers suspected that Moogan and his associates were involved in plans to import drugs from Latin America to the EU

At the time of the raid, only one of the men, Robert Hamilton, 71, from Manchester, could be found. He was jailed for eight years in 2014 after pleading guilty to drug charges.

The other man, Robert Gerard, 57, from Liverpool, handed himself in to the NCA after three years on the run claiming the pressure was too much. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was jailed in 2017 for 14 years.

Moogan is the 86th person arrested under Operation Captura – an NCA fugitive campaign run in conjunction with Crimestoppers.

NCA officers established Moogan was using numerous false identities to avoid capture.

Dubai Police believe that after entering the UAE using a different identity, he tried to avoid CCTV in an attempt to elude detectives. Utilising the latest capabilities, including the Criminal Data Analysis Centre, they were able to track him down.

NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland said: “This arrest is the result of years of investigation involving a range of law enforcement partners in the UK, Europe and Middle East: “ We are extremely grateful to those partners for their assistance in ensuring Moogan now faces justice and particularly thank the Dubai Police for their efforts to track him down. He will be returned to the United Kingdom to face trial: “ This case should serve as a warning to others on the run from the NCA – we have a global reach, we never give up and they can never rest easy.”

NCA Director General (Operations) Steve Rodhouse added: “The arrest of Moogan further reflects great co-operation between the Dubai Police and the NCA: “ I’d like to commend their work, in particular detectives from the General Department of Criminal Investigation in Dubai, who showed exceptional professionalism and were able to use all the techniques at their disposal to locate him and carry out this operation.”

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

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Two men have been charged after a loaded gun, ammunition, £60,000 in cash and cocaine was seized at a flat in Brent Cross, North West London #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.10: Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership – a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit – raided the property on Claremont Road yesterday (7 May 2021).

NCA/MET REPORT: ‘Loaded pistol, ammo and cash seized in North London: During the search they seized over 100 wraps of cocaine, scales and other drug dealing paraphernalia, along with the £60,000 of suspected criminal cash: Officers found the gun, a Retay 17 self-loading pistol, hidden in a laundry basket with three rounds of ammunition loaded in the magazine. A further four rounds of ammunition were also recovered’

Errison Hasaj, 21, and Bledar Kuraj, 23, both Albanian nationals, were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

They are due to appear at Willesden Magistrates Court today (8 May).

Matt McMillan, from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “This operation illustrates the point that drugs and violence are intrinsically linked.
“ The fact that the firearm seized was viable and ready loaded meant it presented a significant danger to the public, which has now been mitigated: “ Through this partnership, the NCA and the Met remain committed to stemming the supply of illegal drugs and firearms into London, and protecting the public from harm.”

#AceNewsDesk report …Published: May.10: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Two men have been charged after a loaded gun, ammunition, £60,000 in cash and cocaine was seized at a flat in Brent Cross, North West London #AceNewsDesk report

NCA/MET Report: ‘Loaded pistol, ammo and cash seized in North London: Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership – a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit – raided the property on Claremont Road yesterday (7 May 2021)’

During the search they seized over 100 wraps of cocaine, scales and other drug dealing paraphernalia, along with the £60,000 of suspected criminal cash.

Officers found the gun, a Retay 17 self-loading pistol, hidden in a laundry basket with three rounds of ammunition loaded in the magazine. A further four rounds of ammunition were also recovered.

Errison Hasaj, 21, and Bledar Kuraj, 23, both Albanian nationals, were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

They are due to appear at Willesden Magistrates Court today (8 May).

Matt McMillan, from the Organised Crime Partnership, said: “This operation illustrates the point that drugs and violence are intrinsically linked.

“The fact that the firearm seized was viable and ready loaded meant it presented a significant danger to the public, which has now been mitigated.

“Through this partnership, the NCA and the Met remain committed to stemming the supply of illegal drugs and firearms into London, and protecting the public from harm.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.10: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: ALERT: Issued to U.K. Maritme Industry warning them that organised crime groups may target them to obtain small boats for people smugglers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.05: This has led to a rise in demand for vessels to aid migrant Channel crossings, with demand likely to continue as weather conditions improve through spring and summer:

‘UK law enforcement detected in excess of eight thousand migrant arrivals throughout 2020’

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – NCA Issue a warning to maritime industry over organised crime links to small boats: ‘The alert warns that since global #COVID19 lockdown measures were imposed in March 2020 the number of migrants attempting to enter the UK using small boats has increased significantly’

Seized boats

Organised crime groups are known to target legitimate sellers of vessels and equipment such as outboard motors and life jackets, both in person and online. There are also incidents recorded of boats and equipment being stolen: The NCA have conducted a number of operations targeting those who supply boats to people smugglers, but the Agency is asking those in the industry to report concerns or suspicious activity relating to the purchase of boat equipment:

NCA Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “Today we are directly appealing to those within the marine and maritime industries to help us stop those involved in organised people smuggling: “ Crossing the channel in vessels like these is extremely dangerous and life threatening – but the organised crime groups involved don’t care about safety or welfare, they just see migrants as a commodity to be exploited: “ We’re already working closely with a range of partners in the UK and on the continent to target the supply of these vessels, but we are now asking that the UK industry helps us and report any suspicions they may have.”

The NCA alert outlines a number of examples of potentially suspicious activity, including:

  • Cash being used in large sums to make payment;
  • Unusual combination of boats and equipment in one transaction;
  • Enquiries about bulk purchase of equipment i.e. life jackets;
  • Repeat purchasing of boats and/or equipment from the same retailer;
  • Lack of concern about the condition of the boat or equipment being purchased, or an indication that it may not be for the buyers’ use;
  • Customers wanting to complete their transaction and collection as quickly as possible.
  • Online buyers travelling to collect the boat and/or avoiding providing a fixed delivery address.

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, the trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, commented: “ We are pleased to be working with the NCA to help raise awareness of this concerning issue and to reduce criminal activity. The NCA plays a key role in supporting the security and safety of the marine industry, and today’s warning about organised crime linked to small boats in particular is ultimately a safety issue and one that British Marine and our members take very seriously.

“The UK leisure marine industry must always play it’s part and I am confident that British Marine members will take the lead in this area and share the warning and ‘red flags’ to be mindful of within their businesses.”

Miles Bonfield added: “ Essentially we want people to follow their gut feeling. They know their industry and their customers well. If they sense something isn’t quite right or seems unusual, then please report it to the charity Crimestoppers, either by phone on 0800 555 111 or online. You will remain anonymous.”

Following a number of attempted thefts boat and marine equipment owners are also being asked to pay particular attention to security guidelines, ensuring vessels and equipment are secured accordingly: They can also assist by being vigilant and reporting any strange activity or behaviour, and ensure thefts are promptly reported, particularly vessels or engines.

Those contacting Crimestoppers with information should quote the alert reference ‘0647-OIC’.
Anyone who lives or works around our coastline, marinas, ports or waterways and witnesses something they believe to be suspicious can always call the police on 101, quoting Project KRAKEN, or visit gov.uk/report-border-crime.

#AceNewsDesk report …Published: May.05: 2021:

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(LONDON) Maidstone Crown Court Report: A truck driver from Luton has been jailed for attempting to smuggle a group of illegal migrants out of the UK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: A truck driver from Luton has been jailed for attempting to smuggle a group of migrants out of the UK:

NCA Report: Romanian truck driver tried to smuggle 17 migrants out of the UK: Romanian national Alexandru Fuiorea, 30, of Twyford Drive, was arrested at the M20 Medway Services on 4 October 2020.

Immigrants sitting inside lorry trailer

His vehicle was searched by officers from the NCA and Kent Police, who found 17 migrants in the trailer. They were a mixture of Tunisian, Moroccan, Bangladeshi, Afghan, Indian and Pakistani nationals. The trailer was otherwise empty. The migrants were handed to the immigration authorities. A small amount of cannabis was found in the cab.

Fuiorea was charged with facilitating illegal immigration and possession of a controlled drug, and admitted these offences during a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 18 December. He was sentenced to three years and eight months for the facilitation offence and one month for the drugs offence (to run currently) at the same court today (30 April).

NCA branch commander Andy Noyes said: “The organised criminals behind people smuggling move migrants across borders in both directions. This threatens the security of both the UK and France, while putting lives at risk: “ Enablers like Alexandru Fuiorea make these dangerous trips possible, in exchange for a fee: “ The sentence handed to him should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of getting involved in such criminality. The NCA and our law enforcement partners are determined to catch you and bring you before the courts.”

#AceNewsDesk report …Published: May.03: 2021:

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(WARWICKSHIRE, U.K) NCA REPORT: Three people have been charged after an amphetamine lab was found near Redditch on Tuesday (27 April) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.02: All three are due to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court today (29 April).

Operation Venetic: ‘Three men charged after amphetamine lab found in Warwickshire used after cracking EncroChat network’

John Keets, 40, of Middle Meadow, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire; Keith Davis, 60, of Brayfield Lane, Chalfont St Giles, and Andrew Gurney, 50, of Middle Meadow Avenue, Quinton, Birmingham, were charged with various offences around the supply and production of drugs.

A 28-year-old woman and 36-year-old man – arrested at a building on the same site as the lab on Ullenhall Lane – have been bailed.

Meth lab image

Members of the organised crime group were believed to be running the drugs operation using the encrypted phone network EncroChat.

The NCA believes they were producing around one tonne of amphetamine per month – worth £2million at wholesale and up to £10million at street level – for distribution to criminals throughout the country.

NCA Branch Commander Peter Stevens said: “This illicit drugs lab was producing extremely large amounts of amphetamine for distribution to crime groups across the UK and into our communities, bringing with it violence, fear, and exploitation.

“The operation, which required a huge amount of planning to ensure it was conducted safely, will have had a huge impact on the organised crime groups involved, depriving them of commodity and profit.

“This work also shows the value and power of working with law enforcement agencies, including Warwickshire Police who have provided specialist resources, to take down high-harm criminals.”

ACC Alex Franklin Smith from Warwickshire Police said: “The illegal drug trade causes great harm to communities across Warwickshire and the rest of the country. We have worked closely with our colleagues in the NCA to support this operation with significant and specialist resources and are confident that the impact it will have on the organised criminal gangs involved will be huge.

“We are absolutely committed to tackling the drugs trade and protecting the people of Warwickshire from all the harms it brings. This operation once again sends out the message that this offending will not be tolerated in our county.  

“Such an operation taking place in such a quiet, rural location will no doubt have caused some concerns for people in the area. Our officers will be working with people in the local community in the coming days to provide reassurance.” 

Searches of the farm buildings are ongoing, with support from specialist teams from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.02: 2021:

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(LONDON) Isleworth Crown Court Report: A builder has been jailed for seven years for attempting to smuggle a firearm and ammunition into the UK from The Netherlands in the post #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: The weapon had earlier been delivered to a postal hub in the West Midlands but was intercepted by Border Force officers:

Builder jailed for pistol and ammunition smuggling plot: National Crime Agency officers arrested 23-year-old Polish national Kacper Tkaczyk on 16 June 2020 after he accepted a package which contained a 9mm Heckler & Koch SFP9 self-loading pistol with 25 rounds of ammunition.

Kacper Tkaczyk Custody Photo

NCA surveillance officers watched as the parcel, which was disguised as a box of hair clippers, was delivered to a home being renovated in Cricklewood. One of the builders working there accepted it and handed it to Tkaczyk, who arrived on his motorbike soon after. 

Firearm and ammunition

As he attempted to leave Tkaczyk was detained by armed officers from the Metropolitan Police Service with the package in his rucksack. NCA officers then arrested and interviewed him. Further enquiries showed that the name on the parcel was false.

Tkaczyk, of Ulster Gardens, Palmers Green, was subsequently charged with importing a firearm and ammunition, pleading guilty to this offence on 16 April.

He was sentenced to seven years at Isleworth Crown Court today (23 April).

NCA operations manager Piers Phillips said: “Criminals like Tkaczyk do not care for the safety and wellbeing of innocent members of the public and will go to any lengths to obtain guns and ammunition. His actions were reckless and endangered the lives of Londoners.

“Weapons like these can be used to inflict serious violence and are often associated with the supply of drugs.

“The partnership working between the NCA, the Metropolitan Police and Border Force has kept a deadly weapon off our streets.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.28: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) Crown Court Report: A parcel delivery driver has been found guilty of assisting in the importation of class A drugs into Northern Ireland, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency, working as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: It followed the seizure of a parcel containing around 94 grams of cocaine, hidden within a car part: The parcel containing the drugs had been sent from the Republic of Ireland and was destined for an address on Casson’s delivery round in Belfast:

Belfast delivery driver found guilty of importing class A drugs: ‘Colin Casson, 45, of Dunmurry was arrested by NCA officers in November 2018 at his depot in Belfast & the drugs would have had a street value of more than £27,000 if cut and sold’

On Thursday 22 April, following a one week trial at Belfast Laganside Crown Court, Casson was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in the importation of controlled drugs. He has been released on bail until sentencing on 27 May.

National Crime Agency regional head of investigations Gerry McLean said:

“Casson attempted to use his insider knowledge of the fast parcel system to thwart checks and bring class A drugs into Northern Ireland.

“Working with our partners through the PCTF we are determined to stem the flow of illegal drugs and stop the violence and exploitation that comes with them.”

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly, of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, added: “ We are committed to working as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task to bring those involved in drugs criminality before the courts.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.27: 2021:

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(LONDON) Crown Court Report: An Ecuadorian man has been convicted for running a fake passport factory from his attic and suspected of illegally smuggling migrants into the U.K. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.26: He had been linked by fingerprints to a false passport carried by a man suspected of illegally smuggling migrants into the UK.

Forger ran fake passport factory from his attic: ‘National Crime Agency officers arrested Rodolfo Napoleon Carpio Gonzalez, 46, outside his home in Battersea, London on 10th April 2019’

Carpio Gonzalez custody image

A search of Carpio Gonzalez’s address revealed that he’d set up his attic as a dedicated workspace for the production of counterfeit passports of various European nationalities, including French, Belgian and Portuguese.

Carpio Gonzalez had used the space to produce hundreds of false documents, with investigators believing his activity dated back to at least 2011.

Evidence uncovered in the NCA investigation suggests that they were then used by those that had arrived illegally from outside the EU to secure jobs or rent properties.

Following Carpio Gonzalez’s arrest, the NCA shared his DNA with European partners under the Prüm Convention. This enabled him to be linked to the supply of fake passports to a German criminal network.

Carpio Gonzalez originally pleaded guilty on 16 November 2020 and later admitted that he had produced the passports for financial gain, saying it was to fund a gambling habit.

He appeared at Inner London Crown Court yesterday, 20 April, where he received a two year jail term suspended for two years, plus two hundred hours community service, a thirty day rehabilitation order and an £800 fine. He was also ordered to forfeit and dispose of all of the false passports and the equipment used in their manufacture.

Mark McCormack , Branch Commander at the NCA said: “Carpio Gonzalez chose to make his living by producing false identity documents for use by people brought illegally to the UK.

“He aligned himself with the organised criminals who endanger the vulnerable by using illegal and often dangerous methods of entry.

“The NCA works to tackle those who enable serious and organised crime like people smuggling, whether it be those who produce fake identify documents, transportation or financial services.

“We are determined to disrupt and dismantle people smugglers’ business models at every step.”

21 April 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Based- cash courier cell which attempted to smuggle hundreds of thousands of pounds out of the UK has been dismantled, with investigators playing a crucial role #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: By piecing together evidence linking the flight details of suspects, NCA officers proved that three attempts to smuggle cash by dual British / Albanian nationals out of the UK totalling £215,960 were connected:

Financial investigators link cases to smash cash courier gang: ‘The individual investigations were led by the NCA, Essex Police and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), supported by Border Force’

seized cash

The probe started in February 2019 after Essex Police seized £100,980 from Ismet Hoxha at Stansted Airport. Investigators at Essex Police identified further individuals and worked in partnership with the other agencies who took the cases forward. This enabled NCA officers to seize £79,980 from Ervin Fejzaj at the same airport in April 2019 and the ERSOU to seize £35,000 from Lema Aliaj at Luton Airport in July 2019.

Working together, specialist financial investigators compared evidence and established that the seizures were connected and that the three had personal, travel and financial links.

The NCA collated travel information and produced schedules covering three years of travel history. This showed travel patterns which were consistent with that of cash couriers removing the proceeds of crime from the UK. Each agency used this evidence at court hearings between June 2020 and January 2021, which resulted in successful forfeiture of the money.

Jacque Beer, NCA Regional Head of Investigation South – London East, said: “Money is the lifeblood of organised crime so it is vital that anyone found in possession of huge quantities of cash can prove that it has been obtained legitimately: “ This was not the case for any of these forfeiture cases: “ We will continue to work with partners across law enforcement to tackle the criminality behind illicit cash.”…..Investigators found that the three had flown from the UK more than 80 times within the space of three years, suggesting that large sums of money may have been transported from the UK: Evidence showed all had undertaken travel involving multiple short trips to Europe, often with the outbound and return journeys booked as one-way flights. They had previously travelled on the same flights but sat separately in an attempt to disguise their association.

Ismet Hoxha, a friend of Ervin Fejzaj, claimed he gave Fejzaj much of the cash seized from him: Aliaj is the ex-wife of Fejzaj but gave his address as her current address. The bank withdrawal slip she showed Border Force officers at Luton was the same one shown to officers by her ex-husband at Stansted in April 2019: After his cash seizure, Fejzaj travelled again from Gatwick Airport alone without checked luggage. He was spoken to by Border Force Officers and showed the same banking slip evidence. Investigators subsequently found that his ex-wife made his booking for the trip and that she travelled on the same flight on a separate ticket booked by him. Investigators believe Fejzaj acted as a decoy so that Aliaj could successfully travel without interest from law enforcement:

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Operation Venetic Investigation: Under order 1.6-million will be returned to the ‘Taxpayers’ after ‘cash forfeiture order’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: More than £1.6m will be returned to the public purse after the National Crime Agency won a forfeiture order over the money which was hidden in a bed:

National Crime Agency wins £1.6m cash forfeiture order in Operation Venetic investigation: ‘On June 13 last year NCA officers working as part of Operation Venetic – the UK’s response to the takedown of encrypted comms platform EncroChat – raided a flat in Kenelm Road, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, allegedly being used by an organised crime group’

Inside a double divan bed was £1,656,040 in cash: The bags were written on with dates and names of EncroChat handles (users’ nicknames) On the left side of the bed the cash had been counted and on the right of the bed were bags of uncounted cash: Also inside the bag were professional electronic cash counting machines, a ledger showing cash collection records, digital scales, a heat sealing machine and plastic pouches likely to have been used sealing one kilogramme blocks of drugs:

piles of cash hidden inside double bed

Two men aged 45 have been arrested as part of the investigation and released under investigation: And a man aged 37 is wanted as part of the inquiry: Officers found two kilogrammes of cocaine inside his car and £56,000 in his wardrobe when they searched his home:

NCA operations manager Rick MacKenzie said: “The recovery of this money is excellent news for the public purse and crucially deprives an organised crime group of a lot of cash: “ That money can no longer be used to reinvest in more offending. Our investigation continues.”The uncontested forfeiture order was granted on Friday at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.21: 2021:

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(LONDON) Court Report: A Dutchman who admitted swallowing 50 packets of cocaine in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK has been jailed for 32 months on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: NCA investigators found that prior to getting the flight, he had attempted to take a Eurostar train from Amsterdam but
walked out of the station before being questioned by UK officers at the immigration control:

NCA Investgation uncovers a drug smuggler who swallowed dozens of lethal cocaine pellets: Martinus Gunning, 42, was investigated after arriving at London Gatwick Airport from the Netherlands on 10 January 2021: When stopped by Border Force, he initially claimed he was in the UK to visit a girlfriend but shortly afterwards said he had swallowed 50 packages and a total of 463g of the class A drug was ultimately recovered.

Gunning Custody Image

Later that day, he took a flight to Gatwick instead.

The purity of the cocaine in the packages was between 76% and 78%, which NCA forensic experts estimated would be worth £37,040 once cut to street level purity.

Yesterday [7 April] at Lewes Crown Court, Gunning was sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to the importation of Class A drugs.

NCA Branch Commander Mark McCormack said: “This method of smuggling is dangerous. The rupture of a single one of the 50 pellets in the body could have been fatal: Organised crime groups use individuals like Martinus Gunning to transport drugs across borders for profit, with no thought for
the safety of either the smuggler nor users of the drug, who should understand the unpleasant reality of how what they consume can be transported: “Working with Border Force, we have ensured that these drugs did not reach the UK market. The NCA continues to work with partners to tackle the class A drugs trade, which fuels violence and exploitation in the UK and around the world.”

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

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(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: Six men have appeared on Wednesday and has been charged in relation to the seizure of 450kg of MDMA hidden in an excavator that was shipped to Australia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: On 15 March last year officers at the Port of Brisbane discovered the drugs hidden in a specially adapted boom of the excavator: It had been lined with lead to mask 226 packages of MDMA concealed inside:

Operation Venetic: Six remanded over alleged Class A excavator conspiracy: ‘The men were all charged with conspiring to export Class A drugs after a joint investigation between the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through EncroChat messages’

Excavator

After being emptied of the illegal load, the excavator was delivered to its intended recipient in Sydney.

NCA investigators analysing encrypted messages obtained as part of Operation Venetic – the UK investigation into the EncroChat network – uncovered an alleged criminal conspiracy by a London-based crime group to export drugs in heavy plant machinery to Australia.

EncroChat messages sent between January and June 2020 detailed plans to purchase the excavator in the UK, hand-drawn illustrations of the concealment within the boom, costs relating to the importation and confirmation that it had been loaded onto a Vessel in Southampton on 24 January and arrived in Brisbane seven weeks later.

Yesterday (Tuesday) six men appeared at Kingston Crown Court. They were remanded to appear again on 16 April for a pre-trial hearing.

The defendants are: Danny Brown, 53, of Kings Hall Road, Bromley, Kent; Stefan Baldauf, 61, of Midhurst Road, Ealing, London; Peter Murray, 57, of Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, London; William Sartin, 59, of Timberlong Lane, Basildon, Essex; Piotr Malinowski, 37, of De’Arn Gardens, Mitcham, London, and Tony Borg, 42, of Southwark Path, Basildon, Essex.

Two men aged 33 and 42 were also charged in Australia.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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(LONDON) Westminister Magistrates Court Report: A man arrested by the National Crime Agency over his alleged involvement in the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex has had his extradition ordered on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: The extradition follows the convictions of seven people in the UK for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter. The seven were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years in January 2021:

Court orders extradition of people smuggling suspect wanted in connection with Essex lorry deaths: ‘The man, known as Ngo Sy Tai, is wanted by Belgian prosecutors who allege he was a member of a criminal network involved in large scale organised people smuggling’

Ngo Sy Tai being arrested

Tai was tracked down by NCA officers to an address in the Redditch area of Worcestershire, where he was apprehended on the evening Tuesday 15 December on a European Arrest Warrant.

He is suspected of having been involved in transporting at least ten of the 39 found dead in Essex in October 2019, moving them from a safe house in Anderlecht in taxis to a location near the French/Belgian border before they were put onto the lorry.

After hearing the migrants had died, it is alleged Tai fled Belgium and initially went to Germany before moving to the UK.

Today (8 April) Westminster Magistrates Court approved his extradition to Belgium to face trial. He has seven days to appeal.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “ We are working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond to disrupt and dismantle organise criminal networks involved in people smuggling: “ The arrest of Tai demonstrates that in action, and demonstrates our continued determination to get justice for the families of those who so tragically died in October 2019: “ People smuggling is a horrendous trade where those involved treat migrants as a commodity to be profited from and do not care about their safety or wellbeing. There can be no greater example of that than this case.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: NCA REPORT: Arrest of three people Thursday evening allegedly involved in ‘Cross-Channel-People-Smuggling-Operation’ & supply of the small boats #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.09: Three people have been arrested following an investigation into the alleged supply of small boats to cross-Channel people smugglers:

NCA Report: ‘Three arrested over alleged supply of boats to cross-Channel people smugglers’

NCA and police jackets

Yesterday evening (8 April) a 33-year-old woman from the Hammersmith area of west London was arrested by the National Crime Agency at a location in Glasgow’

She was taken to Carlisle police station where she was questioned by NCA investigators on suspicion of attempting to facilitate illegal immigration. A property in Hammersmith was also searched. This morning (9 April) she was released under investigation.

Her arrest followed the detention of two UK-based suspects on Wednesday 7 April by officers of the Dutch Royal Marechaussee (KMar) in The Hague, Netherlands.

The pair, a 33-year-old from Hammersmith, and the other a 28-year-old man of no fixed abode, remain in custody and now face potential prosecution by the Dutch authorities. A number of deflated boats were also seized.

The arrests are all linked to an NCA investigation into the sourcing of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) in the UK and Europe, which are then transported to the Netherlands for storage.

The boats are allegedly then supplied to organised crime groups involved in smuggling people across the English Channel from northern France and Belgium.

NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: “Smuggling people across the Channel in small boats is extremely hazardous and can have tragic consequences: “ The organised crime groups behind these attempts don’t care about safety or preservation of life, they just see migrants as a commodity to profit from and exploit: “ In our view those who supply them with boats knowing what they are going to be used for are equally as culpable in these criminal enterprises: “ This operation is a demonstration of our determination to disrupt and dismantle people smugglers’ business models at every step, and we are grateful for the assistance of the Dutch authorities.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.09: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A man has been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling offences after an operation at a motorway service station #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: A 38-year-old man was detained on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration and is now being questioned:

NCA Report: ‘Suspected people smuggler and four migrants arrested in an operation at motorway service station: ‘As part of an investigation into organised immigration crime, officers moved in after witnessing a Romanian registered lorry being broken into at South Mimms services on the M25 at around 4.30 on the 30 March’

Police officer standing next to a lorry with migrants inside

Four other men, three Bangladeshi and one Indian national, were removed from the lorry by police and arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. They will be dealt with by the immigration authorities.

NCA investigators believe they would have attempted to leave the UK in the lorry, without the driver being aware.

The operation was supported by Hertfordshire Police.

NCA branch operations manager Ian Truby said:

“People smuggling networks operate in both directions across the UK border, with the same organised crime groups often involved in bringing migrants in and moving them out.

“This poses and obvious threat to the security of both the UK and our neighbours.

“Those being moved out of the UK in this way may be in the country illegally, they could be trying to evade law enforcement, or they might be being trafficked against their will.

“We are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the gangs who put lives at risk and threaten security.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.08: 2021:

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(BELFAST, N.I) Court Report: Four men have been charged with conspiring to supply class A drugs as part of a Paramilitary Crime Task Force investigation into the organised crime activities of the South East Antrim UDA (SEA UDA) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: They were among five men arrested yesterday (23 March) by National Crime Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland officers during a series of raids in the Carrickfergus area:

NCA & PSNI Report: ‘Four men charged as part of PCTF investigation into South East Antrim UDA: The men appeared before Belfast Laganside Magistrates Court on Thursday 25 March’

‘The arrests relate to the seizure of over one kilo of cocaine found following searches of two parked cars and nearby land in the Greenisland area of County Antrim in November 2020: The fifth man has been released pending a report to the PPS’ The operation formed part of a long-running PCTF investigation into the alleged organised crime activities of the South East Antrim UDA (SEA UDA).

24 March 2021

Five men have today (23 March) been arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences by officers from the National Crime Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland working together as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF).

Today’s operation saw more than 80 officers execute six warrants in the Carrickfergus area of Northern Ireland.

Three officers walking towards a vehicle, one wearing an NCA jacket

The men, aged 33, 38, 39, 40 and 43, were detained on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs are now being questioned by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force at Musgrave Police Station.

The arrests relate to the seizure over one kilo of cocaine found following searches of two parked cars and nearby land in the Greenisland area of County Antrim in November 2020.

NCA Deputy Director of Investigations Craig Naylor said: “ Today’s activity is the culmination of a major investigation undertaken by the NCA in partnership with our colleagues in the PSNI as part of the PCTF: “ This operation is hugely significant, and we believe it will have substantially disrupted the drug dealing activities of the South East Antrim UDA. The investigation will continue with the evidence we have retrieved today: “ The SEA UDA have long known to be involved in many forms of organised criminality, doing untold damage to the community and exerting fear in neighbourhoods: “ Working with our partners in the PCTF we are determined to do all we can to bring that to an end.”

Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Head of Criminal Investigations Branch, Detective Chief Superintendent John McVea, said: “ Working with our partners in the Paramilitary Crime Task Force, we are committed to continuing to target the organised criminality associated with all paramilitary gangs who exploit their local communities to cause harm and create fear: “ Today’s search and arrest operation is a significant milestone in an investigation into the drug dealing activities of the South East Antrim UDA. The harm caused by illegal drugs to individuals and communities is evident: “ Drugs cause nothing but destruction and distress, not only to the people who take them, but also to their families who deal with the heartbreaking fall out associated with drugs, including death, spiralling debts and intimidation: “ Criminals who supply illegal drugs don’t care who they harm in the process of making money to line their own pockets and fund other paramilitary activities: “ The PCTF has the resilience and determination to target, disrupt and frustrate those who continue to do the greatest harm to the people living in our communities.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.02:2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Lorry driver charged with attempting to smuggle 17-illegal-migrants in the back of his trailer after being stopped on Sunday 21st March 2021: and later arrested & charged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Hakan Zengin, 36, was detained after his vehicle was stopped at the M25’s junction with the A3 at around 3.30pm on Sunday 21 March:

NCA Update: A Turkish lorry driver has been charged with assisting illegal immigration, as part of an investigation into people smuggling after 17-migrants were found concealed in the lorry’s trailer, sitting on pallets that had been laid across the load to accommodate them’

Update: 24 March 2021

They were all arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and are being dealt with by the immigration authorities: Zengin is accused of trying to smuggle them out of the UK and into mainland Europe: After being charged he appeared before Wimbledon Magistrates yesterday (23 March), where he was remanded into custody until his next court appearance at Kingston Crown Court on 20 April 2021:

Pallets inside lorry

 21 March 2021

A Turkish lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling offences on a motorway slip road, as part of a National Crime Agency investigation.

The 36-year-old was detained after his vehicle was stopped at the M25’s junction with the A3 at around 3.30pm today (Sunday 21 March).

Sixteen migrants were found concealed in the lorry’s trailer, sitting on pallets that had been laid across the load to accommodate them.

They were all arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and will now be dealt with by the immigration authorities. Amongst those held are Moroccan, Algerian and Pakistani nationals.

The M25 anti-clockwise exit slip road had to be closed for a short period of time while the lorry and migrants were dealt with by the NCA and police.

The driver is now being questioned by NCA investigators. He is suspected of planning to move the migrants out of the UK illegally via the Channel ports.

The operation was conducted with the support of the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police.

NCA branch operations manager Chris Hill said: “ People smuggling networks move migrants in both directions across the border, threatening the security of both the UK and our European neighbours, but also putting lives at risk: “ Working with our partners across UK law enforcement we are determined to do all we can to disrupt those networks. Today’s operation is an example of that in action.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.31: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: A Turkish lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of people smuggling offences on a motorway slip road, on Sunday as part of an investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Sixteen migrants were found concealed in the lorry’s trailer, sitting on pallets that had been laid across the load to accommodate them:

Lorry driver and 16 illegal migrants arrested in NCA operation targeting organised immigration crime: ‘The 36-year-old was detained after his vehicle was stopped at the M25’s junction with the A3 at around 3.30pm today (Sunday 21 March) ‘They were all arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and will now be dealt with by the immigration authorities. Amongst those held are Moroccan, Algerian and Pakistani nationals’

Pallets inside lorry

The M25 anti-clockwise exit slip road had to be closed for a short period of time while the lorry and migrants were dealt with by the NCA and police.

The driver is now being questioned by NCA investigators. He is suspected of planning to move the migrants out of the UK illegally via the Channel ports.

The operation was conducted with the support of the Metropolitan Police and Surrey Police.

NCA branch operations manager Chris Hill said: “ People smuggling networks move migrants in both directions across the border, threatening the security of both the UK and our European neighbours, but also putting lives at risk: “ Working with our partners across UK law enforcement we are determined to do all we can to disrupt those networks. Today’s operation is an example of that in action.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(BELFAST, NI.) NCA REPORT: Investgation continues with the seizure of cocaine worth around £1.6 million in February have made three more arrests #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.20: Two further men, aged 60 and 31, were also detained on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, offences not connected to the Belfast seizure:

Belfast cocaine haul investigation – NCA makes three more arrests: ‘A 46-year-old woman was today (18 March) detained in Wolverhampton on suspicion of involvement in the conspiracy to supply the drugs, which were recovered in empty fuel tank being transported in a van at Belfast port on Monday 22 February & a 60-year-old was additionally arrested on suspicion of firearms offences’

National Crime Agency officers investigating the seizure of cocaine worth around £1.6 million in Belfast in February have made three more arrests: All three are now being questioned by NCA investigators: Two men, including the driver of the van intercepted as it came off a ferry from Birkenhead into Belfast, have already been charged in connection with the haul. A third man was arrested and bailed:

NCA Branch Commander Adam Warnock said: “Our investigation has now broadened to take in alleged offences above and beyond the Belfast seizure. Today’s arrests reflect that, and our enquiries continue.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.20: 2021:

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