Agency raid part of people smuggling home

By Kevin Unitt Wednesday 13 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 12:24

A PROPERTY in Adelaide Street in Coventry was raided by the UK Border Agency in one of the biggest ever operations targeting suspected people smuggling gangs.

The raid was one of 35 across the UK last week during.

Twenty people aged between 18 and 38 were arrested, and computers, documents, cash and mobile phones were also seized.

It was the culmination of a joint investigation with law enforcement agencies in France and Belgium, which also carried out more than 40 raids in those countries.

Those arrested are suspected of being part of an alleged criminal network believed to assist illegal immigrants attempt to reach the UK by smuggling them in the back of lorries travelling through the Channel ports.

It is believed clients could be charged between £2,000 and £6,000 to be taken to the UK.

Chris Foster, from the UK Border Agency, told us: “We believe this to be one of the biggest operations of its kind."

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