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Romanian jailed for attempting to smuggle Albanians into UK

A Romanian man who tried to smuggle four Albanians into the UK has been jailed for 2.5 years at Hull Crown Court.
 
Gabriel Razvan Ionescu, 22, attempted to bring the men through King George Dock in Hull, on fake Romanian passports on 17th November 2011.
 
Officers from the UK Border Agency stopped Ionescu and the would-be illegal immigrants as they disembarked the overnight ferry from Rotterdam. Ionescu was driving a red Kia Sephia, with the Albanians as his passengers.

 

Ionescu was charged with attempting to facilitate a breach of immigration law and pleaded guilty to the charge at Hull Magistrates Court in November.
 
Each of the four Albanians was sentenced to two months in jail on their return to Holland.
 
“People smuggling is a form of serious organised crime that preys on desperate and vulnerable people,” said Steve Lamb, regional director at the UK Border Agency.  “The UK Border Agency is determined to stamp out this kind of illegal activity. This attempt failed because of the strong controls we have in place at our borders. Close working between our border officers and our dedicated crime team meant the four men were quickly returned to Europe, while Ionescu was made to pay for his crime.”
 
Mr. Lamb warned those involved in people smuggling that they’ll be caught.

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