Three charged in Albanian people smuggling operation

4 August 2017

Three men suspected of being members of an organised crime group involved in moving Albanian nationals from Europe into the UK have been charged with people smuggling offences

The trio were arrested on Wednesday after officers from the National Crime Agency and the Belgian Federal Police of West Flanders made coordinated arrests.

Scott Downie, aged 31, of Seedley Park Road, Salford; Anthony Corkovic, aged 28, of Murray Street, Salford; and Jetlind Gjyriqi, aged 31, of Approach Road, Merton, London, were all charged with people smuggling.

They will appear from custody at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 1 September.

Two other men arrested in the UK were released under investigation.

Officers in Belgium arrested three Albanian men and recovered six Albanian men from the back of a lorry which was en route to the UK. The three men are still being questioned by the police and Immigration Department officials.

Jayne Lloyd, NCA branch commander, said: “Clandestine people smuggling is a priority threat for the NCA and we do everything we can with partners to prevent it.”

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