Six years in jail for the lorry driver who tried to smuggle Albanians into the UK

Essex County Standard: Six years in jail for the lorry driver who tried to smuggle Albanians into the UK Six years in jail for the lorry driver who tried to smuggle Albanians into the UK

A LORRY driver has been jailed for six years after attempting to smuggle four Albanians into the UK.

Maciej Janusz Andrzejewski, 35, was convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court after a three-day trial.

He had denied charges of facilitating a breach of the UK’s immigration laws, but was found guilty by a jury.

He was acquitted of charges relating to an ID offence.

The Pole, of no fixed address, was arrested by officers from the Home Office’s Criminal and Financial Investigations Team on July 11 after he had arrived at Harwich Port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.

He was stopped by Border Force officials.

Paul Whitehead, who led the investigation for the Home Office, said: “When the lorry was scanned by the Border Force, officers spotted what looked like human figures in the pallet storage boxes on the side of the trailer, which was carrying a load of rhubarb.

“During a full search the four illegal immigrants were discovered.

“This was an excellent detection, which showed technology and the skills and expertise of Border Force officers working effectively together.”

All four Albanians, aged 31, 29, 20 and 20, were returned to the Netherlands later that day.

Mr Whitehead added: “Andrzejewski was prepared to smuggle desperate people into the UK in cramped and dangerous conditions for his own financial gain. I hope the tough sentence that has been handed down today sends a strong message to those who would cheat the immigration system – you will be caught and the consequences will be severe.”

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment including carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners to find stowaways.

They also use sniffer dogs and visual searches to detect illegal immigrants and drugs, firearms and cigarettes.

Anyone with information about suspected smuggling should contact the Border Agency on 0800 595000.

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9:22am Wed 27 Nov 13

totallyfootball says...

Should be longer to deter this thing happening with greedy truck drivers!
Should be longer to deter this thing happening with greedy truck drivers! totallyfootball

9:31am Wed 27 Nov 13

creditcrunch2010 says...

Good news that the UK border agency caught him, however, after 6 years in jail (probably 2 for good behaviour) he will be out , given residency, a house and access to benefits. He did not live here before the crime so why lock him up in jail here. The best option would have been to send him back to the Netherlands with the others and never allow him back! Would save the UK taxpayer a fortune.
Good news that the UK border agency caught him, however, after 6 years in jail (probably 2 for good behaviour) he will be out , given residency, a house and access to benefits. He did not live here before the crime so why lock him up in jail here. The best option would have been to send him back to the Netherlands with the others and never allow him back! Would save the UK taxpayer a fortune. creditcrunch2010

9:34am Wed 27 Nov 13

totallyfootball says...

creditcrunch2010 wrote:
Good news that the UK border agency caught him, however, after 6 years in jail (probably 2 for good behaviour) he will be out , given residency, a house and access to benefits. He did not live here before the crime so why lock him up in jail here. The best option would have been to send him back to the Netherlands with the others and never allow him back! Would save the UK taxpayer a fortune.
Totally agree, we only seem to be part of the European Union when it suits! We should deport him immediately and let his nation look after him and be banned for life from entering the country!
[quote][p][bold]creditcrunch2010[/bold] wrote: Good news that the UK border agency caught him, however, after 6 years in jail (probably 2 for good behaviour) he will be out , given residency, a house and access to benefits. He did not live here before the crime so why lock him up in jail here. The best option would have been to send him back to the Netherlands with the others and never allow him back! Would save the UK taxpayer a fortune.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, we only seem to be part of the European Union when it suits! We should deport him immediately and let his nation look after him and be banned for life from entering the country! totallyfootball

10:44am Wed 27 Nov 13

tomtheDJ says...

agree with all comments.
as a polish national, his own detaining systems should be used.
he has no UK abode, except HMP now.
a good decision turned sour.
agree with all comments. as a polish national, his own detaining systems should be used. he has no UK abode, except HMP now. a good decision turned sour. tomtheDJ

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