The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced its first criminal arrests under the Cartel Offence provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002. The arrests were made in relation to an investigation beginning in May 2007 into an alleged international cartel in the market for marine hoses. Three UK businessmen, who had been arrested in the USA by the Department of Justice, were released to return to the UK following their plea bargains. As part of the deal with the US competition authority, the three executives agreed to plead guilty in the USA, pay fines and serve time in jail. In return they were escorted under custody to the UK, on 18 December 2007, to assist the OFT with their enquiries. The OFT announced, on 19 December 2007, that the individuals were arrested on their arrival in the UK and subsequently charged under the Enterprise Act 2002 for criminal cartel offences. If they are found guilty, they could face up to five years in jail.