Police have arrested six people during a crackdown on gang crime, human trafficking and modern slavery in Essex.
Officers from the Operational Support Group worked alongside the Casualty Reduction Unit and Commercial Vehicle Unit to run Operation Keats in the Thurrock area.
Supported by HMRC, Immigration Enforcement and the Romanian Embassy, officers identified potential offenders with the help of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology before taking them to stop check sites in the area.
During the operation, three men were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. Two men, aged 47 and 56, were arrested after officers stopped the vehicle in which they were travelling at the Moto Services at Thurrock at 6pm. Both had entered the UK illegally.
A 34-year-old man who had over stayed his student visa was arrested after officers stopped and checked a separate vehicle in which he was a passenger.
All three men are Indian nationals. They were all taken into police custody before being transferred to Immigration Enforcement.