Irish man jailed for role in international people smuggling scheme
Updated / Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022 21:12
An Irish man has been given a four-year-jail sentence in England after he admitted his involvement in an international people smuggling scheme.
Wayne Sherlock, 41, originally from Co Meath, but more recently living in Eythorn in Kent, was detained by officers from the UK’s National Crime Agency in Dover in March 2020.
It followed the discovery of ten migrants in the back of a lorry carrying tyres in Belgium, with local police working alongside with the NCA.
Four other men arrested as part of the same operation await trial in April 2023, but Sherlock pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration.
A judge at Maidstone Crown Court sentenced him to four years in prison today.
The NCA Belfast branch commander David Cunningham said that tackling organised immigration crime is a priority for the agency.
“People smugglers put lives at risk in pursuit of profit, and we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks involved in this exploitative crime,” Mr Cunningham said.