National Crime Agency
Wanted Kurdish people smuggling boss arrested at Manchester Airport
The head of a Kurdish people smuggling ring has been arrested after going on the run prior to his sentencing.
Tarik Namik, aged 45 and from Oldham, was given an eight year jail term in his absence on 9 December 2022 after he failed to show up at Manchester Crown Court. Four other members of his gang were sentenced alongside him.
The court had previously heard how he became the subject of an National Crime Agency investigation in 2017, and headed up an organised crime group involved in transporting migrants from Iraq and Iran to the UK hidden in the back of lorries.
Following his no-show at court a warrant was issued for Namik’s arrest, and he was detained as he arrived into Manchester Airport on a flight from Istanbul on Friday 20 January.
He was due to appear briefly before Manchester magistrates Saturday (21 January) and is likely to return to the Crown Court on Monday 23 January to be formally sentenced.
NCA Branch Commander Richard Harrison said:
“Namik was a prolific people smuggler whose crime group put vulnerable migrants at great risk while he reaped the profits. I’m delighted that he will now face justice for the offences he committed.
“Fugitives never come off our radar, and I’d like to thank our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police for their assistance in ensuring he was detained quickly the moment he set foot back in the UK.”
Latest News from
National Crime Agency
NCA targets crime group suspected of operating slave labour cannabis farms26/01/2023 12:15:00
Officers from the National Crime Agency have carried out a series of raids across London as part of an investigation into an organised crime group suspected of using victims of modern slavery to operate cannabis farms.
Operation Stovewood: Two men charged with abuse offences following investigations by the NCA26/01/2023 11:15:00
Two men have appeared in court charged with sexual abuse offences after two separate investigations by the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood team.
Four jailed in France over fatal 2020 small boat crossing25/01/2023 09:20:00
A French court has convicted and sentenced four men over their roles in an attempted small boat Channel crossing which led to the deaths of an Iranian family.
Suspicious Activity Report (SARs) Annual Report 202224/01/2023 15:10:00
The NCA has today (24 January) published the 2022 Suspicious Activity Report (SARs) Annual Report, which features statistics covering the years 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Child rapist convicted after decades long catalogue of abuse20/01/2023 16:30:00
A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation has seen a Lincolnshire man convicted of raping and sexually assaulting children as young as seven over a 20-year period
NCA issues warning after further arrests made from Los Angeles-London flights19/01/2023 09:15:00
National Crime Agency officers are issuing a warning to potential drug smugglers after a series of cannabis seizures were made from passengers flying from Los Angeles in the United States.
NCA investigates after series of smuggling attempts from Los Angeles17/01/2023 14:15:00
The National Crime Agency has begun an investigation after a series of drug seizures were made from passengers flying into Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles in the United States.
Operation Venetic: EncroChat drug supplier attempted to smuggle cocaine to Iceland16/01/2023 11:25:00
An Essex man has been convicted after making more than £2.7 million from supplying drugs in the UK, and attempting to smuggle cocaine to Iceland where it would fetch a higher price.