Car wash owner jailed after smuggle plans

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A car wash owner who plotted to smuggle Albanian migrants to the United Kingdom in lorries, has been jailed.

Luan B. ran The Boss car wash in Staffordshire, Great Britain. But in reality he used his wash as a base to co-ordinate the smuggling of Albanian nationals from Belgium into the UK.

The 38-year-old North Macedonian national was planning to ship about 200 migrants across the Channel in the back of lorries. For this he received help from his counterparts on the mainland of Europe.

The refugees had to pay about £5,000 each. What’s even more shocking, he discussed drugging young kids to keep them quiet during the journey from Ghent.

A year investigation

Investigators from West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) arrested B. july last year in a car wash in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The North Macedonian suspect was considered the mastermind.

He was found guilty on 8 June of conspiring to illegally breach immigration legislation by preparing to traffic Albanian migrants into the UK. On the 28th of July B. was jailed for eight years.

“He used the car wash to make acquaintances and generate support for his plan to traffic migrants”, said Detective inspector Julie Woods from West Midlands ROCU. “We intercepted what he believed was secure chat groups where discussions about migrants, payments and the travel plans were uncovered.”

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Author: Rene Passet

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