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Man arrested in south Armagh as part of NCA investigation into people smuggling

The operation was led by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers and supported by the PSNI

A MAN was arrested in south Armagh yesterday as part of a people smuggling investigation, which saw 10 migrants rescued from the back of a lorry in Belgium.

The 32-year-old was detained in Crossmaglen by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in an operation supported by the PSNI.

The NCA last night said the man is being questioned on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.

The arrest followed the discovery of 10 migrants in a lorry carrying a load of tyres in Belgium in March 2020.

Two Irish nationals who were arrested in Dover following the incident were later charged, with one pleading guilty and the other awaiting trial.

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

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

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