A romanian lorry driver who smuggled three illegal immigrants into the UK has been jailed
He was offered money and agreed, but they were caught by Border Force officials on November 4 at Poole Harbour in Dorset.
Officers were carrying out a search when one spotted a hand protruding from under some clothing lying on the top bunk of Grosu's cabin.
Both women were found lying under the clothes and the man was hidden within a void under the lower bunk bed.
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The three Albanians were arrested, detained and deported back to Albania on November 6.
You have assisted unlawful entry into this country by driving a lorry containing three people
Judge Brian Forster QC
Grosu confessed to officers that he had met a Bulgarian man at a truck park in France who asked if he wanted to take people to the UK for extra money, in time for Christmas.
He said he agreed but claimed he didn't know it was illegal or realise the severity of the offence.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard Grosu immediately co-operated with officials when the Albanian immigrants were discovered and had no previous convictions.
Vasile-Viorel Grosu was sentenced to two years in prison
The hiding space inside the of the lorry
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He pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, a breach of immigration law.
Judge Brian Forster QC sentenced him to two years in prison.
He told Grosu through a Romanian interpreter: “In essence you have assisted unlawful entry into this country by driving a lorry containing three people who were Albanian nationals and who did not have any form of permission to enter the United Kingdom.
“This is a serious offence because firstly it's an easy offence to commit. There's a degree of chance as to whether you will be caught because it is not possible to search every single lorry.
“Secondly, this country, like any country, has a right to control who may enter it.
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The three Albanians were arrested, detained and deported back to Albania on November 6
“You did this for financial gain and those you brought in were not family members, they were people who you did not know.
“I take into consideration that you were approached and agreed on the spur of the moment because it was an easy way to obtain money which would have benefited your family.”
Nick Jupp, from Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigations, said: “If Grosu genuinely did not understand the stakes he was playing with when he attempted this criminal act, the custodial sentence handed to him by the courts can leave him under no illusions now.
“This was a gamble that went badly wrong. People smuggling is a vile trade that treats often vulnerable individuals as commodities.
“I hope this case serves as a warning to anyone tempted to get involved with this kind of crime. Working closely with Border Force colleagues we will identify the criminals behind illegal entry attempts and they will be jailed.”
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