MADRID (AP) — Spanish police acting in collaboration with British, French and Italian forces have broken up an alleged people-smuggling organization that illegally brought large numbers of Chinese nationals into Britain, Ireland, France and Italy.
A police statement on Saturday said more than 100 suspects of Chinese nationality were arrested, including the suspected ringleaders in Spain, and 150 forged passports were seized.
The gang allegedly charged money to smuggle people from China into various airports on mainland Europe using stolen or forged documents. They later transported them to "secure houses" in Spain before sending them to final destinations mainly in the U.K. and Ireland.
Police were alerted to the gang's operations in 2013 when growing numbers of Chinese nationals were stopped with false documents at airports including Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Bilbao.