The European police company Europol announced Thursday that 23 suspected members of a prison community have been arrested for facilitating the transportation of hundreds of Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi-Kurdish and Syrian migrants into the United Kingdom.
The migrants traveled to Le Mans and Poitiers in France, the place they paid as a lot as $7,760 every to journey throughout the English Channel by ferry in “life-threatening situations,” some in refrigerated vehicles. The community was estimated to have made $77.6 million in whole.
A suspect within the Netherlands collected these funds through an underground banking system, Europol mentioned.
The French Border Guard, the French Nationwide Police and the Dutch Royal Marechaussee carried out 5 separate searches the place they seized firearms and automobiles. Europol mentioned additionally they got here throughout an undisclosed variety of migrants who have been then “delivered to security.”