A truck driver was arrested Thursday after officials caught him attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants out of the country.
The incident occurred on October 1st, at approximately 1:30 p.m. in Dover, England.
According to the Nottingham Post, the 37-year-old unnamed truck driver was just outside the Port of Dover when he was stopped by police. Upon inspection of the truck, officers discovered four men in the back of the trailer; two from Bangladesh, one from India, and one from Egypt.
Officials say they believe the truck driver was attempting to smuggle the four men out of the country and that the four men had been in the UK illegally. The truck was scheduled to board a boat and cross the channel to Calais, France.
The truck driver was arrested for attempting to facilitate illegal immigration. No further information on his arrest has been released.
“Criminal groups involved in people smuggling do not care about the safety or wellbeing of those they transport,” said Andy Noyes, branch commander of the National Crime Agency.
“They just see them as a commodity to be profited from. In this case four individuals have been prevented from making what was undoubtedly a dangerous journey.
The incident is still under investigation.