Organised gang smuggled Albanians into the UK
The Civil Guard has dismantled a criminal organisation which smuggled migrants into the United Kingdom.
The network, of Albanian origin, used ferries and ships that departed from numerous ports spread along the Cantabrian and Mediterranean coast.
Nine people have been arrested and eleven raids carried out.
The operation began in early 2018 when police detected a considerable increase of citizens of Albanian origin who intended to embark clandestinely to the United Kingdom.
Officers discovered the organisation behind the smugg-ling had two cells, one ope-rating in Bilbao-Barakaldo-Sestao and another in other provinces to provide migrants with the means to survive in Spanish territory until finally being ready for the journey.
The stowaways were hidden in trailers, containers, caravans, interiors of boats and boots of vehicles parked in the restricted parking of the shipping companies or in lorries parked in rest areas near the ports where they stayed until the ferries were ready to leave.
The detainees are charged with an alleged continued crime against the rights of foreign citizens, crimes against heritage and socioeconomic order, documentary falsity and against public health; use of stolen credit cards, theft of diesel, theft inside homes and the management and adminis-tration of marijuana plantations for subsequent trade.
During the course of the investigation, the British National Crime Agency, the French National Police and EUROPOL collaborated in the exchange of information.