Migrant smuggler arrests in NW Greece

Coast guard authorities in the port of Igoumenitsa, extreme northwest Greece, on Monday announced the arrest of a 46-year-old truck driver after 34 illegal migrants, identified as Asians, were found in his Italy-bound lorry.

The illegals were hidden in a specially designed crypt in the truck, which was carrying insulation materials.

In a separate incident also in Igoumenitsa, police arrested an Iranian and an Iraqi on charges of transporting illegal migrants from Afghanistan (three adults and three minors) in their vehicles. The six had also been supplied with fake Turkish passports, reportedly for a sum of 12,000 euros each.  

 Both alleged migrant smugglers and illegal migrants will be led before a prosecutor.

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