The 48-year-old Romanian truck driver "tried twice to smuggle migrants out of the UK, including suspected sex offenders – nine on the back of his truck booked on a ferry to France".
- Sebastian Gabriel Podar, 48, was arrested by the NCA on December 2 in Dover
- Officers found nine people in his trailer when the truck was about to board a ferry
- One man was a suspected pedophile wanted by detectives in Nottingham
- Podar was taken into custody to appear before Canterbury Crown Court
A Romanian truck driver was charged with attempting to smuggle migrants out of the UK, including a man suspected of child sexual offenses.
48-year-old Sebastian Gabriel Podar was arrested in Dover port on December 2 while waiting to board a cross-channel ferry to France.
National Crime Agency officials searched the truck and discovered nine people hiding in the background, including a 39-year-old Bangladeshi man who was being investigated by Nottinghamshire police for child sex offenses.
48-year-old Sebastian Gabriel Podar was arrested in the port of Dover on December 2 while waiting to board a cross-channel ferry to France with nine migrants hidden in the back of his truck
The nine migrants included a 39-year-old Bangladeshi man wanted by Nottinghamshire police on suspicion of child sexual abuse
He has been turned over to detectives in Nottingham and is being charged.
The other eight people were Indian, Algerian and Bangladeshi. They have all been turned over to the UK Border Force for processing.
On October 16, Podar was stopped by police in Edmonton, north London, who discovered six migrants in the back of his truck.
According to the NCA, he was using the same truck when he was arrested for the second time earlier this week.
He was charged with two charges: "attempting to break the immigration law".
He appeared in Margate Magistrates' Court on December 3 and was remanded in custody in Canterbury Crown Court on January 4.
Chris Hill of the NCA said, “Organized immigration crime is a priority for the NCA and we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle criminal networks involved in people smuggling.
“Complicated truckers and the networks behind them use both stretches of their journey to smuggle migrants to and from the UK to maximize their profits.
“I hope these arrests send a clear message to the drivers involved in this activity and to those who, for whatever reason, wish to flee the UK this way.
"This operation involved the NCA, which worked in partnership with the Border Force, Immigration Enforcement and the Nottinghamshire Police."