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Smuggling gang smashed

POLICE in the eastern Slovak town of Humenné broke up an 11-member gang who have smuggled at least 226 people into this country in the past seven months.

Ten members of the organisation, including one woman, were arrested October 12 during the police operation, the TASR news wire wrote.

Members of the gang, aged between 20 to 30, were taking migrants from a similar Ukrainian group and transporting them across the country to western Slovakia.

For each migrant transported, they received $200 to 300. All members of the gang are reported to be unemployed.

Before they swooped the police had been monitoring the group's activities for several months.

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