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Migrants charity chief executive admits people smuggling plot

|News, Drug offences

The chief executive of an asylum seekers charity has been jailed for plotting to facilitate the unlawful entry of migrants into the UK.

Pranvera Smith, 47, who worked at Freedom 2 Stay in Birmingham, admitted conspiring to breaching immigration law and was sentenced to five years and four months' imprisonment today at Birmingham Crown Court.

She worked to bring people from Albania into the UK, discussed methods, and offered to pay to bring 10 people in. She would make £2,000 per person for completing paperwork to allow them to collect UK benefits.

She also admitted being concerned in supplying a 1kg package of cannabis.

Her boyfriend Flamur Daka, 44, admitted the same charge, and also supplying a deal size quantity of cocaine.

He was sentenced to four years' imprisonment.

Mark Paul, of the CPS, said: "Pranvera Smith and Flamur Daka worked with others to unlawfully bring migrants into the UK from continental Europe in order to make substantial amounts of money.

“Smith used the front of an immigration charity to facilitate organised crime. Hiding behind a cloak of respectability, her aim was to make money illegally.

"She callously disregarded the risk that some of the migrants would be exploited for other unlawful purposes, including in the cannabis trade she had links with.

"The public should be assured that the CPS will continue to prosecute those who facilitate unlawful entry into the UK in this way where our legal test is met."

Notes to editors

  • Mark Paul is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor in CPS West Midlands
  • Pranvera Smith [DOB: 05/05/1973] of Birmingham, admitted:
    • conspiracy to breach immigration law between 1 Nov 2019 and 4 Jul 2020 -  five years and four months' imprisonment; and
    • being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug of class B between 1 Nov 2019 and 4 Jul 2020 - six months' imprisonment to run concurrently
  • Flamur Daka [DOB: 08/06/1976] of Oldbury admitted:
    • conspiracy to breach immigration law between 1 Nov 2019 and 4 Jul 2020 - four years' imprisonment; and
    • supplying a controlled drug of class A, on 27 May 2020 - six months imprisonment, to run concurrently.

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