A PEOPLE SMUGGLER tried to sneak a couple into the country via Gatwick Airport.

Hassan Rahimlou gave fake Czech passports to the couple travelling on a flight from Naples.

An Iranian man and and Afhan woman claimed asylum in the UK, but mobile phone messages linked them to Rahimlou.

He was then arrested in a separate investigation for possessing a fake Belgian identity document at Stansted Airport.

The 36-year-old had advertised “visas” to enter the UK on social media.

Rahimlou, of Len Freeman Place, Fulham, admitted assisting unlawful immigration, and possessing a false identity document.

At Isleworth Crown Court it was revealed the Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team had led the case.

He was jailed for two years.

Border Force South deputy director Dean Oughton said: “Our officers are rigorously trained to identify those using fraudulent documents in an attempt to enter the country illegally.

“The detection at Gatwick was a vital intervention that has helped bring Rahimlou to justice.”

Andy Shortland from the West London CFI team said Rahimlou had abused the UK system.

He said: “This case should serve as a warning to anyone else engaged in immigration crime. You will be caught, brought before the courts and face justice.”