Four men have been charged as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation targeting people smugglers.
Two Albanian brothers, Arben Cakici, 48, and Astrit Cakici, 37, from Barking and Newham, who were living illegally in the UK, have been charged with facilitating illegal entry into the UK and possessing a firearm.
Arben also faces a charge for carrying a knife.
The NCA made a series of arrests on Friday 16th October after witnessing what is believed to have been a handover of four migrants from a lorry into two cars, near a service station in Kent at around 8 am.
Two Romanian lorry drivers arrested at the scene, Ionut Colibei, 34, and Valerica Prutearu, 41, are also charged with facilitating illegal entry into the UK.
Colibei was also charged for having a knife.
The four men will appear at a virtual court today (Monday 19th October).
Searches in Newham on Friday also led to a further arrest of a 45-year-old man from Albania, wanted for unrelated offences.
The four Albanian migrants [aged between 20 to 35] who were arrested on Friday are now being dealt with by Immigration Enforcement.
A 30-year-old male arrested in Hastings as part of a separate NCA operation, who is suspected of supplying small boats to aid people smugglers in France, has been released under investigation.
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