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Three more people charged in people smuggling investigation
24 May 2013
Three further people have been charged by our officers investigating a suspected people smuggling gang.
The trio, who are all male, were arrested during a series of co-ordinated raids by our officers and police officers from Kent Police on Wednesday 22 May in London, Luton and Essex.
All 3 were charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration. They are:
- 38-year-old Kamalanesan Kandiah, of Balmoral Drive, Hayes;
- 50-year-old Chubramaniam Vignarajah, of Aurelia Road, Croydon; and
- 46-year-old Armajit Singh Mudhar, of Brick Lane, Northolt.
Two suspects were charged with the same offence yesterday and a further 6 bailed to return to a police station on a date in July pending further enquiries.
The arrests were the culmination of a joint investigation into an alleged criminal network believed to assist Sri Lankan illegal immigrants attempting to reach the UK, involving our immigration enforcement investigators, Kent Police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Europol and French and German law enforcement agencies.
At the same time as the arrests in the UK 7 people were arrested in France.
The immigration enforcement criminal and financial investigation team is a specialist unit of seconded police officers working alongside warranted immigration officers to investigate organised immigration crime.
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit the Crimestoppers website.