Gang smuggled 1,000 Pakistanis into Spain for 500 euros
National Police agents have dismantled a network which smuggled about 1,000 irregular immigrants of Pakistani origin into Barcelona throughout 2019.
They were “recruited” in Italy and transferred by road in minibuses from Turin to the city in exchange for 500 euros per trip per person.
Eight people were arrested, six in Barcelona – including the leader – one in San Adrián de Besós (province of Barcelona) and one in San Fernando (Cádiz). Four homes were raided in Barcelona where 15,000 euros have been intervened, 400 grams of gold in jewellery, 17 mobile phones, tablets and various documentation.
The investigation began when the French Police informed the National Police that a Spanish citizen had been arrested in French territory for transferring an irregular Pakistani immigrant in his vehicle from Italy to Spain.
During the development of the investigation, the agents confirmed the existence of an organisation based in Barcelona and dedicated to introducing irregular immigrants of Pakistani origin.
For the recruitment phase, the network had several members in Barcelona whose mission was to establish contact with intermediaries based in Italy, who sought and selected Pakistani immigrants who were going to be transferred to Spain.
The investigated organ-isation also had drivers, citizens who used legally rented minibuses to travel to Turin and pick up immigrants who subsequently drove to Barcelona by land.
Although the minibuses used were nine seats, it has been verified that in some transfers the organisation would have introduced up to 17 immigrants. Once in Barcelona, immigrants were retained by the criminal organisation for the time necessary to verify that the required payment had been made.
The police operation has ended with the arrest of the network leader and seven other members as alleged perpetrators of crimes belonging to a criminal organisation and against the rights of foreign citizens.