Gunrunner, 25, who was caught smuggling pistols from America on the loose after fleeing open prison

Gunrunner, 25, who was caught smuggling pistols from America he’d bought on Dark Web is on the loose after fleeing open prison Joseph Halsall, 25, is on the run after absconding from an open conditions jail Halsall was jailed in 2018 after he and two other crooks ordered four pistols  ‘It is believed that Halsall … Read more

Two members of ‘Freshwater Five’ cocaine smuggling gang lose fight to clear their names

Two members of the ‘Freshwater Five’ cocaine smuggling gang, who were jailed over the £53m plot to import 250kg of the Class A drug, have lost their fight to clear their names at the Court of Appeal.  Jonathan Beere, 51, and Daniel Payne, 46, were jailed in 2011 for 24 and 18 years respectively for … Read more

Bulgarian lorry driver jailed for smuggling ancient coins, arrowheads and statues into UK

Lorry driver is jailed for two years for trying to smuggle ancient coins, arrowheads and statues into UK to sell for Bulgarian mafia bosses Dimitar Dimitrov, 41, was working as courier for Bulgarian organised crime gang Officers found ancient coins, pendants, brooches and spearheads in the trailer Dimitrov denied any knowledge of artefacts which are … Read more

Turkish lorry driver arrested on M25 for people smuggling after 16 migrants found in back of lorry

Turkish lorry driver is arrested on M25 for people smuggling along with 16 migrants caught in back of his truck as he tried to sneak them OUT of UK The 36-year-old Turkish driver is being questioned by the National Crime Agency The 16 migrants were found in back of lorry during an ongoing NCA investigation … Read more

German trucker, 57, is jailed for 19 years for drug smuggling

German trucker, 57, is jailed for 19 years for drug smuggling after being caught at Dover with half a ton of cocaine worth £38million hidden in stacks of tyres in the back of his lorry Kawus Rafiei, 57, was found guilty of attempting to import Class A drugs  Border Force officers scanned Rafiei’s lorry and … Read more

Couple boxed in by police cars on 200-mile drug smuggling mission caught with £48k kilo of cocaine

Couple boxed in by police cars on 200-mile drug smuggling mission were caught with £48,000 kilo of cocaine in passenger’s footwell Corey Casagrande, 34, and Jemma Connor, 27, stopped while driving to Newport Connor was sat in passenger seat with kilo of cocaine by her feet, court heard  Father-of-three Casagrande sentenced to two years and … Read more

Cafe boss, 34, from Albania accused of smuggling heroin across Europe will be extradited to Italy

A London cafe boss from Albania who is accused of smuggling heroin across Europe as part of a major drug trafficking ring will be extradited to Italy.    Taulant Stoica, 34, is accused of smuggling drugs from the Netherlands into Italy between December 2015 and February 2016. He allegedly conspired with 38 others who helped transport … Read more

Dutch cops focus on ham sandwiches despite drug smuggling

Dutch port officials have made headlines for mocking a British trucker as they seized his ham sandwiches – but criminals are having the last laugh as they use the country’s shipping terminals to smuggle drugs worth billions of pounds every year.   Famously tolerant of cannabis use, the Netherlands is also a seen as a ‘gateway … Read more

Essex lorry deaths: Driver earned £100k from people smuggling

Human trafficker Maurice ‘Mo’ Robinson, 26, (pictured) who drove a lorry on which 39 Vietnamese migrants suffered agonising deaths used some of £100,000 he made trafficking people on refurbishing his girlfriend’s hair salon, a court heard today A human trafficker who drove a lorry on which 39 Vietnamese migrants suffered agonising deaths used some of £100,000 he … Read more

People smuggling gangs offer Christmas discount of £300 a head to migrants

People smuggling gangs offer a ‘Christmas discount’ of £300 a head to migrants wanting to cross the English Channel to Britain illegally The UK Border Force prepares for a surge in crossings over the festive period Intelligence reports suggest average costs for migrants around £500 to £1,000   Means illegal crossings now available for less than … Read more