Albania arrests 32 for people smuggling

TIRANA (AFP) – Albanian police said on Saturday they arrested 32 people suspected of being part of a ring smuggling people to the European  Union (EU), the United States (US) and Canada with fake documents.

A police officer was among those arrested while police were still looking for four other people believed to be part of the criminal ring, a police statement said.

The group also forged documents for dangerous criminals sought by the authorities, it said.

Migrants paid around USD13,000 for travel documents for Britain and up to USD23,00 for the US and Canada.

They were smuggled through Montenegro, Italy, Greece, France and Norway, the statement said.

Police also discovered four workshops producing fake documents as well as a large quantity of fake passports, seals and various documents.