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Canary link as 67 arrested for smuggling Albanians into UK 

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Three people have been arrested in the Ca-nary Islands in connection with a people- smuggling operation.

Two of the suspects were detained at Tenerife’s south airport and the third in Gran Canaria.

In total, 67 members of the network have been detained, 12 of them in Spain. The other Spanish arrests were made at Madrid airport (12) as they tried to travel to the UK, nine at Alicante airport, eleven in Malaga, four in Ibiza, two in Barcelona and three in Palma de Mallorca.

The criminal organisation was dedicated to the smuggling of Abanian citizens to the United Kingdom.

The police operation was conducted by the Spanish police in association with the Greek police and the German BKA, coordinated by Europol.

“National Police had detected a continuous transit of Albanian citizens who, using different airports, try to reach the United Kingdom, all illegally and with Greek or Cypriot documents,” said a spokesman.

Police were able to make the arrests after a detailed inspection of the documents which were all came from the same source.

“Thus an investigation began that took the agents to the people who were in charge of managing trips, which formed a criminal structure based in Greece,” said the spokesman.

Among the documents seized, police found more than 300 Spanish IDs and passports which were identified as being part of a haul of blanks stolen from Pontevedra in 2014.