Man arrested in Crossmaglen in NCA investigation into human trafficking

A man from Northern Ireland was arrested by National Crime Agency agents in south Armagh in connection with a human trafficking investigation which saw 10 migrants rescued from behind a truck.

The 32-year-old was held in Crossmaglen during the Friday operation, which was supported by the PSNI.

He will now be questioned on suspicion of helping illegal immigration as part of an international investigation involving the police in Belgium.

The arrest follows the discovery of 10 migrants in a truck carrying a load of tires in Belgium in March 2020.

The Belgian authorities acted on information from the ANC.

Two Irish nationals arrested in Dover over the incident were subsequently charged, one pleading guilty and the other awaiting trial.

Wayne Sherlock (40) from Eythorn, Kent has already pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing following the Eoin Nolan (49) trial of Sandwich.

Nolan is scheduled to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on February 28, 2022.

A man arrested in Co Antrim shortly after was released pending a report to prosecutors.

NCA Belfast branch commander David Cunningham said Friday’s arrest was a significant development in what has been a long and complex investigation involving international partners.

“Fighting smugglers is a priority for the NCA, and we are determined to do everything possible to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks involved in this type of exploitative crime,” he added.

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