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Convicted Albanian human trafficker deported from UK for third time

Hazir Lala (39), originally from Albania, was found in Walthamstow in North London by NCA officers.
Hazir Lala

Hazir Lala

Neasa Cumiskey

A convicted human trafficker has been removed from the UK for a third time after being located by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in London on Friday.

Hazir Lala (39), originally from Albania, was found in Walthamstow in North London by NCA officers, who launched an investigation to trace him back in July.

He was arrested, taken into custody, and handed over to colleagues from Immigration Compliance and Enforcement for deportation.

Lala was convicted of drunk driving, driving without insurance, and possession and control of fraudulent ID documents in April 2016.

He was banned from driving for fifteen months and jailed for six months.

He was arrested again in the UK in September 2019 for organised immigration crime offences committed in Belgium.

He was later ordered to be extradited and returned to Belgium in 2020, where he was convicted of human trafficking and participating in a criminal organisation.

Lala returned to the UK and was arrested again under the Immigration Act 1971 in February 2020.

He was deported to Albania in August 2020 but managed to slip back into the country, where he was the subject of an NCA investigation in recent months.

Jacque Beer, NCA regional head of investigations, said: “Hazir Lala is a convicted human trafficker and has no place in the UK, his presence here presented an unacceptable risk to the public.

“Tackling organised immigration crime and human trafficking is a priority for the Agency.

“We saw with last week’s tragedy in the Channel, the horrendous dangers of organised immigration crime which the Agency and its partners are doing everything possible to combat.”

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