(ATHENS) NCA Project Invigor Report: Eight arrested in Greece targets major international people smuggling network intercepted on July.14: 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.23: The operation saw a speedboat intercepted off the island of Lefkada on 14 July as it headed towards Italy, carrying 14 migrants: The vessel attempted to out-run Greek authorities, but was eventually stopped after coastguards fired warning shots. The pilot was arrested after throwing himself into the sea in an attempt to escape, leaving the migrants adrift…

#AceDailyNews reports that officers from Project Invigor, the National Crime Agency-led taskforce targeting organised immigration crime, have taken part in an operation which has seen eight members of a major people smuggling network arrested in Greece in July…

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Shortly afterwards another seven people were arrested as Greek police raided a number of properties in Athens, seizing cash, mobile phones, forged travel documents and another boat: Those arrested included three Iraqi nationals, two Greek nationals, two Ukrainian nationals and one Turkish national. They will all now face charges: The organised crime group is alleged to have charged migrants between five and seven thousand euros to transport them through Greece and then onwards towards Italy: Many would then move up into northern Europe, with some ending up trying to reach the UK: NCA officers, working as part of Project Invigor, played a crucial role in the operation, helping the Hellenic Police identify and locate the OCG’s leaders and providing support to the overall investigation.

Dave Hucker, Regional Head for NCA International, said: Through Project Invigor we are seeking to attack the people smuggling OCGs impacting upon the UK at every step of the route, in source countries, in transit countries like Greece, as well as at the UK border: This operation, which saw us work in partnership with the Greek police, is an example of that in action: There is no doubt that some of the migrants smuggled from Turkey, through Greece and onwards by this OCG would have ended up attempting to enter the UK illegally as well: Those involved in organised immigration crime are ruthless and happy to treat people as a commodity to be profited from. We are determined to do all we can to stop them: Project Invigor is the UK’s organised immigration crime taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK: Led by the NCA, it also includes Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and the Crown Prosecution Service. Officers work in the UK and internationally.

19 July 2021

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

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Seven people have been arrested as part of an operation aimed at dismantling an organised crime group involved in transporting hundreds of Albanian migrants to the UK illegally #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.23: The group are alleged to have had contacts across Europe, in France, Germany the Netherlands and Poland…..

#AceDailyNews reports that seven arrests have been made as NCA dismantles Albanian people smuggling network suspected of bringing hundreds to the UK these were among those detained by NCA officers in a series of raids in south London, Surrey, Oxfordshire and Hartlepool yesterday (20 July) was the alleged ringleader of the people smuggling network, which investigators believe used lorries and hired vans to transport individuals from northern France.

A group of smuggled migrants crouched down in the back of a van with their faces covered.

Over a period of six months between July and December 2020 six such attempts were stopped by Border Force officers carrying out searches of vehicles at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, near Calais.

All have subsequently been linked to the OCG under investigation by the NCA.

In one of those attempts, in August last year, two vans were intercepted within half an hour of each other, each carrying ten Albanian migrants.

The drivers of all the stopped vehicles were arrested and investigated by Immigration Enforcement.

In May 2021 two further attempts linked to the network were stopped, as NCA investigators shared intelligence with French and German counterparts which led to vehicles containing migrants being halted by police before they could reach the coast.

In some cases migrants are believed to have paid the OCG between �20,000 and �25,000 to reach the UK. NCA financial investigators have identified numerous bank accounts alleged to belong to the network, each showing tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds in turnover.

All seven arrested today are now being questioned on suspicion of offences including conspiring to facilitate illegal entry to the UK and money laundering.

The operation, which involved around 100 officers, was supported by the Metropolitan Police and Immigration Enforcement. Approximately �30,000 cash was also detained.

NCA Branch Commander Richard Harrison said: We believe these arrests will have significantly disrupted an organised criminal network responsible for smuggling potentially hundreds of people into the UK illegally: The network claimed to provide a top of the range service and charged accordingly, using complicit drivers to transport migrants in hired vehicles: This activity represented a significant threat to both the safety of the migrants involved and the security of UK border controls.”

NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson added: This operation shows that people smugglers are right at the top of the NCA’s target list: It is a form of criminality that sees people exploited for profit by criminals who have no regard for human life: Those involved in organised immigration crime should know that our officers are working day and night with partners in the UK and abroad to find them, disrupt and dismantle their business models and bring them to justice: I also have a message today for drivers, commercial or otherwise, who would consider assisting these organised criminal networks by transporting migrants on their behalf.

21 July 2021

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

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(LAREDO, Tx.) Court Report: A Houston man was sentenced to federal prison on July.08, for conspiracy to transport noncitizens inside a trailer across the U.S. border #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.22: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Laredo Border Patrol Sector investigated this case…….

#AceDailyNews reports that a Houston man Brodrick Keith Rhodes, 32, was sentenced July 8 in federal court to 50 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. During sentencing, the judge noted that had transported an exceptionally high number of illegals totalling 119 in his trailer. Rhodes pleaded guilty April.07:2021

ICE/HSI INVESTIGATION REPORT

According to court documents, on Jan. 12, Rhodes arrived at the Freer Border Patrol checkpoint driving a semi-truck and refrigerated trailer. He claimed he was hauling lettuce, but authorities noticed discrepancies with his bill of lading. They also noted he appeared nervous and that the trailer was set to 30 degrees but with an internal temperature of 68. At secondary inspection, Border Patrol ultimately found 119 noncitizens in the trailer’s cargo area.

Rhodes claimed he worked for a business in La Porte, but the bill of lading indicated he was transporting lettuce from a Laredo produce company to a location in Sugar Land. The business indicated Rhodes had never been employed with them nor do they even transport outside the Houston area. The other two companies confirmed they had no record of the shipment.

The noncitizens told authorities they had been taken to a truck and told to get in the trailer. It soon departed and did not stop until it reached the checkpoint.

Rhodes was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Harrison, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted the case.

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

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: An Afghan national suspected of being one of the leaders of an international people smuggling network has been arrested #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.16: Jabarkhel is suspected of being a high-ranking member of a significant Afghan organised crime group involved in transporting migrants from northern France and Belgium into the UK in the back of lorries.

#AceDailyNews reports that suspected head of international people smuggling network arrested by the NCA: Gul Wali Jabarkhel, aged 32, who was in the UK illegally, was detained by officers in Colindale on the evening of Thursday 8 July.

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The group had contacts with other OCGs based in Belgium, and planned to use complicit lorry drivers to smuggle migrants across the Channel on a regular basis.

After he was questioned by NCA investigators, Crown Prosecution Service lawyers authorised two charges of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration to the UK.

He appeared at Willesden Magistrates court on 10 July and was remanded to custody to appear at Harrow Crown court on 6 August.

NCA Branch Commander Andy Noyes said: This is a significant arrest. Jabarkhel is suspected of running a criminal enterprise which involved migrants being moved across the channel in lorries in dangerous circumstances: Organised immigration crime sees people treated as a commodity to be exploited and profited from, and tackling it is a priority for the NCA: This arrest is another example of the success we are having in targeting those suspected of involvement in people smuggling impacting on the UK. Others engaged in this kind of activity should take note.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.16: 2021:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) USCG REPORT: The crew of CG Cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated 38 migrants to the Dominican Republic Friday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage Thursday in Mona Passage waters near Desecheo Island #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.27: The aircrew of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft detected the illegal voyage Friday morning, approximately 15 nautical miles northwest of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos responded to the sighting and interdicted the 35-foot vessel with the assistance of the cutter’s small boat. The cutter’s crew safely embarked the migrants from the makeshift vessel that was grossly overloaded vessel and taking on water. A Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action marine unit also responded and arrived on scene to assist.

USCG: Coast Guard repatriates 38 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following interdiction of illegal voyage near Puerto Rico that is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies to combat illegal migrant smuggling.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/25/2021 06:12 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
Office: 787-729-2381
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An illegal voyage is interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico June 24, 2021. The cutter Joseph Tezanos crew repatriated 38 migrants from this case to the Dominican Republic June 25, 2021. The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies in Puerto Rico to combat illegal migrant smuggling. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

Coast Guard repatriates 38 migrants to the Dominican Republic, following interdiction of illegal voyage near Puerto Rico

A migrant vessel representing conditions aboard illegal voyages in the Mona Passage lays empty shortly after being interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico June 24, 2021. The cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated 38 migrants from this case to the Dominican Republic June 25, 2021. The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) partner agencies in Puerto Rico to combat illegal migrant smuggling. (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

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Prior to embarking cutter Joseph Tezanos, the crew provided the migrants with lifejackets.  Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, the migrants receive food, water and basic medical attention.

“The strong partnerships, collaboration and efficient coordination between the Coast Guard and our CBIG and Dominican Republic navy partners helped save the lives of all the migrants in this case and ensured their safe return to the Dominican Republic,” said Capt. Gregory H. Magee, Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan.   “To anyone considering taking part in an illegal voyage, don’t take to the sea!  These voyages are extremely dangerous, the vessels are unseaworthy and most often grossly overloaded. Additionally, they have no lifesaving equipment and the conditions onboard are inhumane.” 

Cutter Joseph Tezanos later rendezvoused with a Dominican Republic Navy vessel just off Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where the crew transferred and completed the repatriation of the migrants to Dominican Republic Navy authorities.

Cutter Joseph Tezanos is a 154-foot fast response cutter homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid Action, in their common goal of securing the borders of Puerto Rico against illegal migrant and drug smuggling.

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

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(JAMAICA, N.Y.) CBP REPORT: A traveler had more than clothes in his suitcase when he arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport that contained a handgun and ammunition #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.26: Fortunately, U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were there to stop him in his tracks: During his examination, CBP officers discovered a handgun along with 40 – 9mm rounds in a hard case box: CBP officers continued the inspection and determined that the empty carry-on bags felt unusually heavy:

CBP Report: JFK ‘Bags’ Smuggler: On May 21, CBP officers intercepted passenger Mr. Elijiah Davis, a United States citizen, arriving from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

JFK CBP Seize Cocaine From Passenger

CBP officers discovered an anomaly after x-raying the carry-on bag and escorted Mr. Davis to a private search room where they discovered packages within the panels of the carry-on bag, the packages were probed revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

JFK CBP Seize Hand Gun

CBP officers continued their examination of Mr. Davis’ checked in bag discovering a small bag of green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana.

Mr. Davis was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and firearm; he was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The cocaine weighed approximately 10 lbs. with an estimated value of $300,000.

“This seizure demonstrates the vigilance and dedication demonstrated daily by CBP officers at our port of entries while keeping these dangerous narcotics off the streets of our communities,” said Marty Raybon, CBP’s Acting Director of the New York Field Office.

Mr. Davis now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York. All defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.26: 2021:

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(PLASTER CITY, Calif.) CBP REPORT: El Centro Sector agents arrested a man wanted homicide involved in smuggling #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.20: The incident occurred at about 3:51 p.m., when agents encountered a navy-blue Chevy Silverado truck near the area of Evan Hewes Road in El Centro. The agents followed the truck westbound toward Plaster City. Agents observed several individuals trying to conceal themselves in the bed of the truck:

CALIFORNIA: Wanted Homicide Suspect Arrested in Smuggling Event: El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man with an active warrant for homicide during a smuggling event Monday afternoon:

Agents attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The driver of the vehicle drove north onto Juliet Road, an Off-Highway Vehicle road, to attempt to evade agents. The driver was unsuccessful in his attempt and the vehicle got stuck near Superstition Mountain. Once the vehicle came to a stop, all nine individuals exited the bed of the truck and attempted to abscond on foot.

After a brief search of the area, agents apprehended the driver and the nine individuals that fled on foot. Agents determined that all ten individuals were all undocumented and illegally present in the United States. The driver and the nine individuals were placed under arrest and transported to the El Centro Sector’s Centralized Processing Center for further processing.

Additionally, record checks for one of the nine individuals, a 26-year-old undocumented individual from Mexico, indicated that he has an active warrant for “Homicide” out of Orange County. The Costa Mesa Police Department will extradite the man.

The driver, a 23-year-old undocumented individual from Mexico, will be held in federal custody pending his arraignment for alien smuggling. The remaining eight undocumented individuals, all adult males, seven from Mexico and one from Guatemala, will be processed and removed from the United States.

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

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(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) JUST IN: A packed boat being used in a suspected human smuggling operation capsized Sunday and broke apart in powerful surf along the rocky San Diego coast, killing three people and injuring more than two dozen others, authorities said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: The original call was for a handful of people overboard but as rescuers arrived in boats and jet skis they quickly realized “it was going to be a bigger situation with more people,” said San Diego Lifeguard Services Lt. Rick Romero.

Associated Press: San Diego: at least three killed and 27-hospitalised after boat capsizes & Lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies responded around 10:30 a.m. following reports of an overturned vessel in the waves near the rugged peninsula of Point Loma, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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“There are people in the water, drowning, getting sucked out the rip current there,” he said.

Seven people were pulled from the waves, including three who drowned, said Romero. One person was rescued from a cliff and 22 others managed to make it to shore on their own, he said.

“Once we arrived on scene, the boat had basically been broken apart,” Romero said. “Conditions were pretty rough: 5 to 6 feet of surf, windy, cold.”

A total of 27 people were transported to hospitals with “a wide variety of injuries” including hypothermia, Romero said. Most of the victims were able to walk themselves to ambulances, he said.

Officials said the group was overcrowded on a 40-foot (12-meter) cabin cruiser that is larger than the typical open-top wooden panga-style boats often used by smugglers to bring people illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

“Every indication from our perspective was this was a smuggling vessel. We haven’t confirmed their nationality,” said Jeff Stephenson, a supervising agent with U.S. Border Patrol.

Under a pandemic-related order in effect since March 2020, migrants from Mexico and people from Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras picked up at the border are immediately expelled to Mexico without an opportunity to seek asylum. President Joe Biden has exempted unaccompanied children from expulsions but the vast majority of adults are quickly sent back without facing any consequences.

Border Patrol agents went to hospitals to interview survivors of the capsizing, including the boat’s captain who Stephenson described as a “suspected smuggler.” Smugglers typically face federal charges and those being smuggled are usually deported.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Jose Ysea said when he arrived on scene near the Cabrillo National Monument there was a “large debris field” of splintered wood and other items in the choppy waters.

“In that area of Point Loma it’s very rocky. It’s likely the waves just kept pounding the boat, breaking it apart,” he said.

There were life preservers on board, but it wasn’t known how many or whether any passengers were wearing them, officials said.

Among the rescuers was an unnamed Navy sailor who was in the area with his family and jumped in the water to assist someone in an effort described by Romero as a “huge help.”

Officials believed everyone on board was accounted for right away, but crews in boats and aircraft continued to search the area for several hours for other possible survivors, Ysea said.

On Thursday, border officials intercepted a panga-type vessel traveling without navigation lights 11 miles (18 kilometers) off the coast of Point Loma with 21 people on board. The crew took all 15 men and six women into custody. Agents determined all were Mexican citizens with no legal status to enter the U.S., according to a statement released by Customs and Border Protection. Two of the people on the boat, the suspected smugglers, will face charges, it said.

Border Patrol on Friday said law enforcement officials would be ramping up operations to disrupt maritime smuggling off the coast of San Diego this weekend.

As warmer weather comes to San Diego, there is a misperception that it will make illegal crossings safer or easier, the agency said in a statement.

In early March, an SUV packed with migrants collided with a tractor-trailer in the farming community of Holtville, California, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of San Diego. The crash killed 13 of 25 people inside 1997 Ford Expedition, including the driver, in one of the deadliest border-related crashes in U.S. history.

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Weber reported from Los Angeles.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: May.04: 2021:

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to its homeport after completing a 56-day counter narcotics patrol in the Central Caribbean interdicting $94-million worth of illicit drugs #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: During their patrol, a maritime patrol flight spotted a vessel on April 9, and a law enforcement team from the Tampa detained three suspects and discovered 87 bales of cocaine, totaling approximately 5,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $94.6 million:

The crew of the Tampa began their patrol by embarking an armed helicopter aircrew from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Mayport, Florida, which the crew used in conjunction with their Over-the-Horizon capable pursuit boat to stop suspected drug smuggling vessels.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/29/2021 03:46 PM EDTNews Release 

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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers return home after interdicting more than $94 million worth of illicit drugs

The crew of the Tampa’s efforts to combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean are part of Operation Martillo, a larger effort to increase regional stability and undermine the influence of Transnational Criminal Organizations, who routinely attempt to smuggle drugs throughout the region. 

The Tampa crew prioritized readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic and incorporated a series of precautionary measures to include personal protective equipment, as well as the incorporation of vaccinations for members to ensure its crew, family members and community continue to remain safe while achieving mission excellence. 

“This was our third patrol we have conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crew of the Tampa never ceases to impress me with their incredible perseverance, devotion, and adaptability that they use to tackle each patrol and achieve mission success,” said Capt. Michael Cilenti, Tampa’s commanding officer. “Of course, I would be remiss in not mentioning the true heroes of this patrol, and every patrol: our family and friends back at home, who constantly support us and give us the inspiration to work that much harder. Our success in interdicting the first Caribbean low profile vessel is a testament to that teamwork and focus on mission excellence that makes Tampa so special.”

U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter-Narcotics Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase drug traffic disruption on April 1, 2020. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations operational approach, which is now enduring, supports objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and ultimately save lives. With increased presence, collaborative efforts have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nations’ law enforcement agencies by sharing information and intelligence. Key partners have been involved in over 60 percent of drug disruptions since April 2020, an increase of 50 percent from 2019. By strengthening partnerships, we maximize regional coverage and increase effectiveness.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.30: 2021:

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(EDINBURG, Tx.) CBP REPORT: Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents successfully foil three human smuggling attempts and apprehend 41 illegal migrants exposed to dangerous conditions #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: Later that evening, agents assigned to the Javier Vega, Jr. Checkpoint near Sarita, Texas, referred a semi-trailer to secondary inspection after a service K-9 alerted on the trailer. During the secondary inspection, agents encountered a total of 16 noncitizens concealed within the cargo area. All 16 smuggled migrants were from Mexico.

Border Patrol Operations Lead to the Arrest of 41 Migrants: Friday night, Fort Brown Border Patrol agents working near Brownsville, Texas, attempted a vehicle stop on a black Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit came to an end when the driver abruptly stopped, and several subjects were seen fleeing the vehicle. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of three migrants.

On Saturday, Corpus Christi Border Patrol agents working train check duties near Agua Dulce, Texas, apprehended 22 migrants concealed inside a vehicle transport train cart.  All subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Corpus Christi Station for further interviewing.

All subjects are being processed accordingly.

Even with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, human smugglers continue to try these brazen attempts with zero regard for the lives they endanger nor to the health of the citizens of our great nation.  The U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector will continue to safeguard the nation and community against these criminal elements.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.29: 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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(TEXAS) #MigrantCrisis Report: Rancher said on Monday says that smuggling illegal migrants is destroying his ranch and costing him $30,000 after they break through border #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: A Texas rancher said Monday that encounters with illegal immigrants at the southern border are worse than ever before after human smugglerscaused roughly $30,000 in damages to his property and fences:

Texas rancher says smugglers damaging property: ‘Things are worse than ever’ at border: Whit Jones reports $30,000 in damage to fencing, property

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Texas rancher: Migrant crisis is the worst it ever has been

TEXAS RANCHER SOUNDS ALARM ON MIGRANT SURGE: SMUGGLERS ‘DRIVING RIGHT THROUGH FENCES’ ONTO PROPERTY

WHIT JONES: I can promise you things are worse than they ever have been down here. That’s a fact. Anyway yes, we’re always having to deal with [migrants], it’s not just the fence and the money. It’s the liability that exists with it. It’s not something you can do where—oh we’ll get to it tomorrow or next week. When we have fences down, it’s something you have to do immediately. 

I have cattle under fence and when they knock the fences down and the cattle get on the highway then I’m exposed to liability for an accident. Somebody getting hurt by you know, hitting an animal. 

A few years ago we had a group of people coming across the ranch illegally—trafficking. And they rolled a car on our family’s property and killed everybody in the car and we were sued for that. It was a huge case, it went to the Texas Supreme Court and lasted for years. It was drawn out, cost us thousands of dollars if not more. 

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

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(HULL, U.K) Crown Court Report: A man has pleaded guilty to arranging illegal migrants smuggling in small boats, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

#AceNewsReport – Apr.26: The investigation relates to an attempt to bring up to 21 people across the channel on a small boat in November 2019. The vessel was purchased for £6,500 and migrants were to be charged up to £10,000 each to make the crossing to the UK.

‘People smuggling gang leader tried to charge migrants £10k to reach UK in small boats: During a hearing at Hull Crown Court today (21 April), Iraqi national Nzar Jabar Mohamad, 33, of Waterloo Street, admitted a charge of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration Mohamad (also known as Nazar Masefi) will be sentenced following a further hearing at the same court listed for 2 July’

21 April 2021

The probe also examined the use of HGVs travelling across the Channel by ferry to smuggle migrants from Belgium and the Netherlands.

NCA branch commander Martin Clarke said: “People smuggling, particularly via small boats, is beset with danger but criminals like Mohamad have no regard for the welfare of anyone making these perilous journeys: “ Their sole interest is monetary gain and they view their human cargo as little more than commodities: “ We are determined to do all we can to dismantle the ruthless criminality behind people smuggling, which brings misery to so many individuals.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.26: 2021:

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) CBP REPORT: Officers seized more than $1 million in undeclared currency found concealed within two wooden tables being transported inside a van destined to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on board M/V Kydon #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.23: The transportation of currency or monetary instruments, regardless of the amount is legal.”, stated Roberto Vaquero, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:

“CBP Officers in San Juan Seizes More than $1 Million in Undeclared Currency Concealed in Two Wooden Tables destined for Dominican Republic on the Ferry: However, when entering or departing the U.S. in possession of monetary instruments of more than $10,000, you must file a report with us: The concealment of currency can be indicative that the currency is the product of illicit activities.”

CBO Officers find the concealed currency.

On April 19, during an outbound inspection authorized by federal law, the CBP Contraband Enforcement Team selected a silver colored 1989 Ford F800 cargo truck.  A CBP K-9 alerted to a smell it is trained to detect for which CBP Officers proceeded to unload the cargo inside the truck. 

The K-9 alerted again to two boxes labeled “dining table.”  Inside CBP Officers found currency amounting to $1,000,100. 

Last September, CBP officers found $27 million in boxes bound to St. Thomas.   

There is no limit as to how much currency travelers can import or export; however, federal law requires travelers to report to CBP amounts exceeding $10,000 in U.S. dollars or equivalent foreign currency. If the amount is $10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to CBP. Failure to report may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest.

CBP’s mission is to safeguard America’s borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.23: 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: The suspected head of a crime network involved in smuggling migrants to the UK in the back of lorries has been extradited to Belgium to face trial #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: The man was subject to a European Arrest Warrant issued by a judge in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is alleged to have organised the transportation of significant numbers of people throughout 2018 and 2019:

European Arrest Warrant: Suspected head of people smuggling network extradited to Belgium: ‘The 30-year-old Iraqi national was tracked down and arrested by the National Crime Agency in January 2020. He was living in a property in Cippenham, Slough, at the time’

Man in handcuffs with two officers

Migrants would be moved from Brussels to motorway service lorry parks, where they would be loaded onto trucks bound for the UK. The group would often use refrigerated lorries.

The 30-year-old’s extradition was confirmed by the UK courts on 12 March 2021, after he withdrew an appeal against it. On 27 March he was returned to Belgium where he is now remanded in custody and awaiting trial.

NCA head of organised immigration crime operations, Miles Bonfield, said:

“NCA officers both in the UK and overseas have worked closely with our Belgian counterparts throughout this investigation.

“We are determined to do all we can to tackle criminal people smuggling networks impacting on the UK, no matter where they are.

“These networks are ruthless, treating migrants as a commodity to be profited from, and we have seen the tragic consequences that can come about when refrigerated lorries are used in such attempts.”

1 April 2021

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Apr.07: 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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(NORTH CAROLINA) Justice Dept Report: A man pleaded guilty today to smuggling drugs and other contraband into Caledonia Correctional Institution in exchange for bribe payments #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.20: According to court documents, Kenneth Farr, 47, of Rocky Mount, worked as a correctional officer at Caledonia Correctional Institution, a state prison in Halifax County. On at least six occasions in 2018, Farr used his position to smuggle contraband, including marijuana, tobacco, and what he believed to be oxycodone pills, to inmates in the prison. In exchange for smuggling the contraband, Farr received payments ranging from $300 to $500 in cash or via a mobile application and pocketed at least $2,200 from inmates and their associates:

Former Correctional Officer Pleads Guilty to Role in Bribery and Drug Smuggling Conspiracy: ‘Farr pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to use a facility in interstate commerce in furtherance of unlawful activity. He is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-June and faces a maximum of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors’

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Robert R. Wells of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI is investigating the case, with significant assistance from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Trial Attorneys Rebecca M. Schuman and Lauren E. Britsch of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

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

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(LONDON) Court Report: A brazen money launderer who tried to smuggle almost £1.4 million cash out of the UK in his luggage has been jailed for more than two years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.17: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation after Zdenek Kamaryt, 38, originally from Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic, was detained at Heathrow Airport on 8 November 2020 as he attempted to board a flight to Dubai:

Money launderer tried to leave Heathrow with suitcases stuffed full of cash: ‘A brazen money launderer who tried to smuggle almost £1.4 million cash out of the UK in his luggage has been jailed for more than two years’

NCA Published: 10 March 2021

Kamaryt custody image

He had checked in three suitcases for the flight – each was stuffed full of vacuum packed packages of cash totalling more than £1.3 million.

suitcase full of cash

Another £50,000 was found in his carry-on hand luggage, including bundles of £50 notes stuffed inside socks.

He initially told Border Force officers he was a currency trader and intended to use the money to buy watches.

NCA investigators found that he had purchased the vacuum packaging himself at a high street hardware store just days before. The credit card used to buy the bags was in his possession at the time of his arrest.
They also found documentation detailing how much money was in each bag.

In interviews with the NCA he refused to say who had given him the money, or where he was due to take it.

Kamaryt was charged with money laundering offences, which he later admitted in court. On Tuesday 9 March a judge at Isleworth Crown Court sentenced him to 26 months in jail. The money will also be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

NCA Heathrow operations manager Ian Truby said: “ This was a pretty brazen attempt to take money out of the country – Kamaryt’s suitcases contained very little else other than wads of cash: “ I’ve no doubt he knew this money was the profits of crime and would have ended up being reinvested in further criminal activity. He didn’t care about the impact: “ Cash is the lifeblood of organised crime. Working with partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt that flow of illicit finance and target the money launderers involved.”A 26-year-old woman arrested at Heathrow at the same time as Kamaryt was later released without further action.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Mar.17: 2021:

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NATO: Operation underway as Germany agrees to send 650 troops to the Mediterranean to prevent arms #smuggling and #trafficking by the #Daesh – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: Germany deploys 650 troops on NATO mission in Mediterranean
Preview The German cabinet has approved the sending of up to 650 troops to join a new NATO operation, designed to prevent weapons smuggling by Islamic State terrorists and human #trafficking in Mediterranean Sea…..

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