While Border Force officers were examining the front of the vehicle they asked Moldovan-national Chirvas how many people were in the van and he replied, in German, two.
Paul Morgan, Director for Border Force South East and Europe, said: 'When officers flipped the hood of the van to examine the engine, they found it had been specially adapted.
The basis of the confidence trick is to seek men from the western world who would like to marry a foreign woman and pretend to be willing to marry them.'The whole engine had been lowered and in the void where you would normally expect to find a spare wheel, officers instead found a woman.'This was a particularly elaborate concealment and it is a demonstration of the desperate lengths that individuals - and people smugglers - are prepared to go to in their attempts to breach the UK's border controls.'It is Border Force's job to stay one step ahead and secure the border, which is exactly what has happened in this case.'The woman, who immigration checks revealed to be an Albanian national, was passed to the French Police Aux Frontieres.Chirvas, 31, of Enfield, north London, was arrested and the investigation passed to Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation officers.He said: "Thanks to their selfless actions, this despicable individual has received a lengthy prison sentence and deportation upon his release, which I hope reassures others to come forward in similar circumstances with information that can assist with a conviction."Siwan Hayward, Transport for London's deputy director of enforcement and on-street operations, added: "We care about our passengers and every journey they make on our transport network.This adventure combines the must-sees of the Balkan region and the lesser-known glories of Macedonia and Albania to create the perfect balance between old and new.