Officers wreck gang of people-smugglers

SPAIN’S National Police officers have arrested seven people, suspected of large-scale, migrant-smuggling, with an organised gang.

They smuggled the migrants from French-speaking African countries to Northern Spain, and from there to France.

The gang members were able to get almost 300 migrants into France.

The group, made up of individuals of sub-Saharan origin, arranged for migrants to be smuggled from French-speaking African countries Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal, to Spain by boat, usually providing them with fake documents.

Once they had arrived at the Spanish coast, the migrants were contacted by gang members, who arranged for their transfer to safe houses in Northern Spain, and from there on to France.

But, with the support of Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), the National Police have torn the group apart, arresting six people in Gipuzkoa, northern Spain, and one person in Madrid.

Eight migrants awaiting to be smuggled to France were also rescued, from a safe house in Gipuzkoa.

Europol supported the investigation as well, with analytical capabilities, plus the deployment of an expert to San Sebastian in Spain.


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