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Romanian who smuggled Afghans into Plymouth on ferry is jailed

Brittany Ferries' Armorique tied up in Roscoff
Image caption The nine people including children were found in a lorry on board the Armorique

A Romanian man caught smuggling nine people including children into the UK has been jailed for four years.

Mircea Sandu hid two families on a lorry aboard a Brittany Ferries ship from Roscoff to Plymouth on 9 October, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Border guards found nine people from Afghanistan including three children and a baby hidden on the Armorique.

Sandu, 31, who had been living in Spain, admitted facilitating illegal immigration into the UK.

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Image caption Mircea Sandhu smuggled nine people including a baby into Plymouth

The court heard Sandu had no money and was paid by smugglers to run illegal immigrants into the UK.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed the families were discovered in a vehicle at the ferryport.

He said: "They have been moved into temporary accommodation while their cases are progressed in line with the immigration rules."

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