Media Release: People smuggler arrested in Melbourne

Release Date: Thursday, December 13 2012, 12:52 PM

A 22-year-old Albion man is scheduled to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with people smuggling offences.

The AFP arrested the man this morning (13 December) following a three month investigation by the AFP’s People Smuggling Strike Team (PSST) in Melbourne into a number of people who have arrived in Australia unlawfully.

The AFP will allege in court that the man facilitated the entry of non-citizens into Australia between November and December 2011, on board Suspected Irregular Entry Vessels. 

The AFP has charged the man with:

  • One count of organising or facilitating the entry into Australia of a group of five or more people, namely sixteen persons, contrary to section 233C of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth); and
  • One count of organising the entry or the proposed entry into to Australia of a person, who was a non-citizen and has no lawful right to come to Australia, contrary to Section 233A of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for these offences is 20 years imprisonment and/or $220,000 fine. 

This arrest brings the total number of alleged people smuggling organisers charged by the AFP in Australia to 19 since 2008.

The AFP is a member of the Australian Government’s People Smuggling Taskforce to support a whole-of-government approach to combating people smuggling.

The PSST includes members from the the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), who assisted the AFP throughout the investigation. 

The AFP is committed to disrupting people smuggling syndicates operating within Australia.

Anyone who has information they believe may be relevant to people smuggling activities is urged to contact the AFP via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, the AFP hotline on 1800 813 784 or through the AFP website at www.afp.gov.au

All information provided will be fully assessed, with a view to it potentially forming part of future investigations.

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333