“Kurdish gangsters smuggling migrants into Britain” targeted in police raids
The National Crime Agency (NCA) have conducted raids across England targeting suspected Kurdish gangsters in an operation that involved more than 350 police officers. Locations in Northumbria, Cleveland, Sussex and London have been targeted and a number of arrests have been made at roughly 20 addresses. Residential addresses were targeted as well as a number of car washes which are believed to be used for money laundering purposes. The ringleaders of the gang are believed to be from the Linthorpe area of Middlesbrough, according to the BBC.
The gang is believed to have been smuggling migrants into the UK in lorries across the Channel and charging up to £10,000 per person for the privilege. According to Sky News, the majority of those who were being smuggled in by the gang were Iraqi Kurds, but some families are also believed to have been transported by the gang. The NCA have been investigating the gang for about a year and the investigation is believed to have been aided by Dutch and Belgian authorities.
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