Two men were from Greenford and Northolt have been sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison for smuggled fake identity cards into the UK in packages of meat.
Artur Rakovskij,36, from Girton Road, Northolt, and Rafal Wolanski, 29, from Rydal Crescent Greenford had a portfolio of pictures which they would match to a person requiring entry to the UK before sending the necessary travel and identity documentation to him or her prior to travel. Depending on the requirements they would charge up to €5000.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and UK Boarder Agency (UKBA) investigation found that the pair worked out of Rakovskij’s home in Northolt, but kept the illegal documents in safety deposit boxes in London.
Under surveillance, Rakovskij was seen entering a safety deposit company, removing a package and posting it to Italy.
Officers intercepted the package, which contained Lithuanian passports and ID cards, Polish ID cards and driving licences.