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NCA: Harrow drug dealer jailed for nine years after 12 kilos of cocaine found in his car

Home News Harrow drug dealer jailed for nine years after 12 kilos of cocaine found in his car Return to News A drug dealer found with 12 kilos of cocaine with a street value of £1.2 million has been jailed for nine years today (Friday 21 September) at the Old Bailey. Stuart Reid, 31 from Harrow was arrested by the joint National Crime Agency and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership (OCP). On 1 August this year, Reid, from Grange Road, Harrow was stopped in his car on the North Circular Road in Ilford by officers from the Met Police’s ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) team following a request by the OCP. Reid pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at an earlier hearing. Officers searched the car and found 12 blocks of cocaine wrapped in brown paper on the back seat of the vehicle. Matt McMillan, NCA Operations Manager, said: “Disrupting the supply of Class A drugs is crucial in our efforts to tackle organised crime and the violence it causes in and around London. “Reid received a nine year sentence at the Old Bailey today, which highlights the seriousness of his offence. “We will actively target drug dealers like Reid, who are involved in serious and organised crime including the distribution of illicit drugs, which blight the lives of so many, lead to further criminality and fuels violence and exploitation.” Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Group who tried to smuggle migrants across the English channel jailed for a total of 48 years

Return to News Seven members of an organised crime group who tried to use small boats and a jet ski to smuggle migrants across the English channel have been jailed for a total of 48 years and three months. Six of the men were found guilty in August following a nine week trial at the Old Bailey. A seventh man had already admitted the charges. A lengthy investigation into the group’s activity, led by the National Crime Agency, focused on two separate criminal networks working together, one Albanian and one from Kent. It was carried out with the support of the French National Police, Immigration Enforcement, Kent Police and Border Force. National Crime Agency investigators were initially called in after a RHIB called the ‘Rebel’ was found by Border Force abandoned at Dymchurch beach, Kent in May 2016. The boat contained life jackets and a check of the vessel’s navigation system showed it had travelled across the Channel. They subsequently uncovered a plot involving Albanian organisers Artur Nutaj and Saba Dulaj, who took on the role of “travel agents” organising the illegal facilitation of Albanian migrants into the UK from the north coast of France. The Albanians worked with a Kent-based group, led by the Powell family – father Leonard and sons George and Alfie - to provide the transport facilities to move the migrants. The Kent group bought a number of fast Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and other general maritime vessels, which were used in their attempts to transport the migrants. On one such occasion on 28 May 2016 a boat got into difficulty and a rescue had to be mounted by Border Force, the RNLI and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Latterly the group purchased a jet ski with the intention of using that to move migrants. It was at this point that the NCA moved in to arrest those responsible. On the 15 May 2018, at the Central Criminal Court, George Powell entered a guilty plea for his part in the conspiracy, but the remaining members of the group - Wayne Bath, Saba Dulaj, Artur Nutaj, Albert Letchford, Leonard Powell, Alfie Powell, Alan Viles and Francis Wade - pleaded not guilty and stood trial at the Old Bailey. On Tuesday 7 August Bath, Dulaj, Nutaj, Letchford, Leonard and Alfie Powell were all found guilty. Two other men, Alan Viles and Francis Wade, were found not guilty. Today (Friday 21 September) Sabah Dulaj was sentenced to seven years imprisonment Artur Nutaj was sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment Alfie Powell was sentenced to six years imprisonment George Powell was sentenced to six years and nine months imprisonment Leonard Powell was sentenced to nine years imprisonment Albert Letchford was sentenced to six years imprisonment Wayne Bath was sentenced to six years imprisonment As a result of this NCA investigation, codenamed Operation Sugate, a range of other offending including drug and vehicle crime was also identified involving associates of the group and other family members. Working with Kent Police the NCA were able to significantly disrupt this, and a number of people were arrested and later convicted. National Crime Agency Regional Head of Investigation Brendan Foreman, said: “What this group were attempting was reckless and wilfully negligent of the risks associated with crossing one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. “But, as the events of 28 May 2016 clearly demonstrated, they were quite happy to risk lives for the sake of profit, using vessels that were not fit for purpose. “The severity of what these men were involved in is reflected in the sentences handed down today. “Our investigation also uncovered a range of other offending by members of the group and their associates, including drug dealing and vehicle crime, which was having an effect on their community. “Working with Kent Police and other partners we were able to disrupt that activity.” Two other men connected to the group, Mark Stribling and Robert Stilwell, were jailed for more than four years each in July 2016. The pair were investigated by Immigration Enforcement in connection with the 28 May attempt to cross the Channel which ended with them and 18 migrants being rescued. Emma Moore, Border Force Chief Operating Officer said: “Border Force was an integral part of the operation that brought this organised crime group to justice. Our officers also stepped in to ensure there was no loss of life when the reckless channel crossings the gang was engaged in went badly wrong. “‘On 28 May, in dreadful sea conditions, Border Force officers launched their RHIB from the relative safety of the Border Force Cutter ‘Valiant’ multiple times to rescue all of those who were on board the smugglers’ boat. If it had not been for that bravery and exceptional seamanship I am convinced there would have been fatalities.’ “Working with the NCA, we will continue to bring anyone involved in this type of criminality to justice.” Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Five years for man who ran industrial scale forgery factory

Return to News A 38 year old man who manufactured and supplied counterfeit identity documents on a national scale has been jailed for over five years. Ukrainian national Sergiy Mykhaylov was arrested in June 2018 by National Crime Agency surveillance officers outside his workplace in Queen’s Yard, Hackney. Mykhaylov used his home in Stratford as a forgery factory set up with computers and printers capable of producing tens of thousands of documents. He ran an online business through which he received orders and would post the forged documents to customers all over the UK. In total, officers recovered over 3,000 completed identity documents, 3,500 passport style photos and 300 Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) cards, as well as 40,000 bank cards and £15,000 in cash. Just before his arrest, Mykhaylov was seen handing over six forged ID cards which he had produced to order for one of his regular customers - 37-year-old Sergiy Kalinins. Kalinins and Mykhaylov both pleaded guilty to multiple fraud offences and were sentenced today (21 September) at Blackfriars Crown Court to six years and three months and five years and six months respectively. NCA investigators identified Mykhaylov as a principle supplier of forged documents following the arrest of another of his customers, Dmytro Mykhailytskyi, aged 39, on 15 May 2018. Like Kalinins, Mykhailytskyi acted as a middle man who sourced documents from Mykhaylov for street-level dealers. Officers searching his home in Romford recovered 16 ID documents in different names with his photo on, along with £4,000, $1,000 and €1,100 in cash. Mykhailytskyi pleaded guilty and was sentenced today to five years and four months in prison. One of the street-level dealers, Arsen Baculi, aged 24, was detained in February 2018 after NCA officers watched him retrieve a number of false ID documents from behind an electricity box on Falmouth Road. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years at the Old Bailey on 17 May 2018. Mark McCormack, Branch Commander from the NCA, said: “This investigation has dismantled a whole supply chain for false identity documents, from the street-level dealer, the middle-market distributors, all the way to the actual forger. “Document factories like Mykhaylov’s support criminal activity and affect the economic wellbeing of the United Kingdom. "The type of documents produced could be used for money laundering or to help people gain work or access services in the UK illegally, but may also lead to dangerous consequences, especially if people suggest they are qualified workers in industries such as construction or driving when they are not. "Shutting this factory down will make it harder for criminals to ply their trade and therefore help to safeguard the public.” Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Nurse who was jailed in landmark slavery case sees her sentence increased

Return to News 20 September 2018 A London-based nurse who was jailed for trafficking Nigerian women into Europe where they were forced into sex work has had her sentence increased to 18 years. Josephine Iyamu, 52, became the first British national to be convicted under the Modern Slavery Act for offences committed overseas at Birmingham Crown Court on 28 June 2018. The conviction followed a lengthy investigation undertaken by the National Crime Agency, working in co-operation with German police. She was arrested by NCA officers after landing at Heathrow airport on a flight from Lagos on 24 August 2017. Iyamu was originally jailed for 14 years but, following a reference by the Solicitor General which was heard today at the Court of Appeal this was increased to 18 years. On increasing her sentence, Lord Justice Davis said: “This was very very grave offending and Iyamu’s role was found to be a leading one. “She made considerable financial gain from her five victims whose vulnerabilities she exploited. They were exposed to appalling suffering and risks, including dangerous trafficking routes and threats towards them and their families. “Iyamu has shown no remorse and is still denying these offences, however it is crystal clear that her role was one of the highest culpability and the highest harm.” NCA deputy director Tom Dowdall said: “This was a truly horrendous case where a nurse carried out humiliating rituals on her vulnerable victims in a bid to exert power over them. She then forced them to work in brothels, and profited from that exploitation. “The charges she faced were extremely serious, and I think that is reflected in the increased sentence handed down by the court today.” The NCA’s investigation into Iyamu began in July 2017 following information from the German Police who had identified one of her victims working in a brothel in Trier. After locating Iyamu, AKA Madame Sandra, in London, NCA investigators worked with the Nigerian Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to look into her activities in Nigeria. Enquiries identified that she had positioned herself as a rich and powerful woman in Nigeria and had launched a political campaign through which she claimed she wanted to empower women and families. Using her status, Iyamu recruited vulnerable women from rural villages and promised them a better life in Europe. She charged them up to 38,000 Euro for facilitating their travel and forced them to work as prostitutes in Germany to pay off their debts. Before they left, she put her victims through a Juju ceremony - a humiliating ritual designed to exert control over them. The women believed serious harm would come to them or their families if they broke their oath to Iyamu or tried to escape. At her trial five of her victims gave evidence via video link. They detailed the horrendous conditions they endured whilst travelling over-land across Africa, and then by boat to Italy before flying to Germany using false ID documents provided to them by Iyamu’s associates. On 28 June 2018 at Birmingham Crown Court she was found guilty of five counts of facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation and one count of attempting to prevent the course of justice. Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Wanted people smuggling suspect arrested in Birmingham

Home News Wanted people smuggling suspect arrested in Birmingham Return to News 19 September 2018 A man wanted in connection with an alleged people smuggling network shipping migrants across the English Channel in lorries has been arrested by the National Crime Agency. British national Saman Sdiq, 33, was arrested at his home address in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham on Monday 17 September. He is wanted by the authorities in Antwerp, Belgium, in connection with an organised criminal network believed to be operating there, but with links in the UK, France, Spain, and the Kurdish region of Iraq. Several other alleged members have already been arrested and are in custody in Belgium. The network are suspected of collecting migrants around Calais and taking them into Belgium, before loading them into lorries near the town of Postel, near the Dutch-Belgian border. From there they would be transported across the Channel. Sdiq is suspected of providing vehicles from the UK to the network. Belgian prosecutors believe they have identified more than 15 attempts to smuggle migrants between November 2017 and April 2018. On a number of occasions migrants, including minors and young children, were found hidden in the cargo space of lorries. After being arrested by officers from the NCA's Armed Operation Unit on a European Arrest Warrant Sdiq appeared before Westminster Magistrates yesterday, Tuesday 18 September, where he was remanded in custody until 24 September as extradition proceedings continue. The arrest was co-ordinated by the NCA-led Project Invigor Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce, working in partnership with Belgian law enforcement. Chris Hogben, Head of the Taskforce, said: “Gangs involved in organised immigration crime treat migrants as a commodity to be profited out of – they don’t care about keeping them in horrendous conditions and moving them hundreds of miles at a time. “We are working with international partners such as the Belgian authorities to disrupt these criminal networks, attacking their business models and cash flows, and of course seeking to arrest and prosecute those responsible wherever possible. “Tools such as the European Arrest Warrant are crucial to us in making that happen, allowing both the UK and our European partners to pursue criminals across international borders.” Invigor is the UK’s Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce set up to target the criminal networks behind people smuggling impacting on the UK and the European borders. It is led by the NCA and includes Immigration Enforcement, Crown Prosecution Service, Border Force and the Home Office working in the UK and internationally. Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Eight year sentence for suitcase drug smuggler

Return to News Gholamreza Pourmirzaei, aged 46, from Manchester, was stopped by Border Force officers at Stansted Airport on 21 November 2016 after flying to the UK from Turkey. An x-ray revealed the Class A drug was hidden in the lining at the bottom of his suitcase. On the same day NCA officers searched Pourmirzaei’s home in Kippax Street, Manchester, and seized £3,965 cash. The NCA investigation revealed that Pourmirzaei had travelled to Turkey and Iran on 31 occasions in 2016. Following a six day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Pourmirzaei was found guilty yesterday (17 September) of being knowingly concerned in the importation of controlled drugs. NCA branch commander, Matt Rivers, said: “Pourmirzaei was a frequent traveller to Iran and Turkey, taking 31 flights in 2016 alone. He claimed they were for business but we believe, even though we could only evidence one importation, he was regularly bringing large quantities of drugs into the UK. “Drugs fuel further crime and violence on our streets, which is why we work closely with Border Force to target smugglers such as Pourmirzaei.” Taylor Wilson, Border Force Assistant Director at Stansted Airport, said: “There is no doubt that had Pourmirzaei not been stopped by my officers, these dangerous drugs would have ended up being sold on the UK’s streets. “Border Force seize drugs worth hundreds of millions of pounds every year. Working with law enforcement colleagues like the National Crime Agency (NCA) we are determined to bring those responsible to justice.” Share this Page: View the full article

Coventry police black males advice is 'inflammatory'

Police advice to pubs to look out for "young black males who look as though they are intent on committing disorder" has been branded inflammatory. Full Story

NCA: NCA statement on contingency planning in relation to UK withdrawal from the European Union

Return to News 18 September 2018 Director General (Operations) Steve Rodhouse The ability to share information and collaborate with international partners is essential to tackle serious and organised crime. The EU law enforcement tools that the UK currently uses are some of the most efficient and effective mechanisms for partnership working that are available anywhere in the world. UK access to these tools helps law enforcement, both in the UK and across Europe, to protect European citizens. We want to maintain access to the tools and ensure the future agreement allows us to keep shaping and joining future innovations in this area. We have been clear with international partners that our commitment to working together is unchanged – and the message we hear from them is that they are committed to working with us and see the significant value of UK access to these EU tools. Key tools identified by the NCA and NPCC include the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), Schengen Information System (SISII), European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), Europol and Eurojust. These tools enable us to work more effectively with EU partners. They help to share data rapidly, inform prompt and effective action, and coordinate and drive joint action (including shaping strategic priorities). Without maintaining the current access we have, we will be less effective. For example, prior to the implementation of the European Arrest Warrant in 2004, fewer than 60 individuals a year were extradited from the UK. Since 2004, the EAW has enabled the UK to surrender over 10,000 individuals accused or convicted of a criminal offence to other Member States. Without access to databases and judicial tools, our response to crime across Europe will become more fragmented. Our ability to track criminals’ movements, monitor sex offenders and locate fugitives will be reduced. For example, access to overseas conviction data allows us to more quickly identify those individuals who pose a threat to our communities (for instance, by identifying a history of sexual offending). Equally, the value of SISII is that it gives officers on the street (both in the UK and EU) immediate knowledge of whether a person is wanted in a member state. European law enforcement is more effective when we take coordinated action against shared priorities. A lack of access to these European tools would mean a reduction in the ability of the UK to contribute to keeping Europe safe. The negotiations and outcome need to reflect that vital cooperation. The opportunities which technology provides will continue to develop and the agreement needs to cater for this. Otherwise, future solutions will be harder to deliver and may be less broad in coverage. We don’t want to end up with a number of fragmented systems in Europe. UK law enforcement is preparing for all possible outcomes, including drawing up contingency plans should we no longer have access to EU law enforcement tools. These contingency processes would be sub-optimal, and in many cases not an exact match. In some cases, more than one measure may be needed to obtain the same result, and the lack of automation of these fall back measures would make processes much more labour intensive and time consuming. The NCA and the wider UK law enforcement community remain committed to maintaining close relationships with EU partners to make most effective use of the tools and processes available to us after the UK leaves the European Union. Share this Page: View the full article

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