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Vietnamese Man Arrested in UK Raid on People Smugglers

A Vietnamese man has been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of being a high-ranking member of a people smuggling network, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said. The 23-year-old man was detained during a raid on a property in the Handsworth area at around 6 a.m. on Monday. He was detained by NCA officers as he attempted to exit the building out of a window onto a flat roof below. A large quantity of cash, estimated to be around £10,000 ($13,840), was also recovered from the property. The arrest is part an investigation into the smuggling of mainly Vietnamese illegal immigrants into the UK in the backs of lorries in August and September 2020, the NCA said. The man is now being questioned on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration to the UK and money laundering offences. Paul Boniface, NCA Branch Operations Manager, said the agency is “determined to disrupt and …

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