A local man and an Iraqi national were arrested on Monday for transporting 19 illegal immigrants to a port in extreme northwest Greece in order to board an Italy-bound ferry with forged travel documents.
The illegals -- nine of from Bangladesh, four from Afghanistan, four from Pakistan, one from Burma and one from Iraq -- aimed to travel to Italy and then western Europe.
The driver attempted to avoid police by fleeing towards the city of Ioannina and driving in opposite traffic lanes. All of the occupants of the stolen truck carrying the illegals were arrested, while the local man was arrested in a separate vehicle and charged with acting as a look-out.