Police on Monday announced the arrest of a 28-year-old Bulgarian man that was caught transporting 10 illegal migrants in his car, following a police pursuit on the old national road from Komotini to Xanthi.
Border police had flagged down the vehicle with Bulgarian number plates to stop for a routine inspection. Instead of stopping, however, the driver picked up speed and attempted to escape, prompting police to follow.
He was arrested shortly afterward, with 10 illegal migrants from Iraq in the car that he had arranged to drop off in Thessaloniki.
The car was confiscated and the trafficker will be led before a Rodopi public prosecutor.
Police intercept van transporting 17 illegal migrants
Fthiotida police on Monday pursued and confiscated a van that failed to stop for a routine inspection near the Agios Konstantinos tunnel, finding it abandoned four kilometres later with 17 illegal migrants in the vehicle. Nine of the migrants were Iranian nationals and seven Afghans.
The driver and a second man had abandoned the vehicle and disappeared before the police arrived but were also picked up about an hour later, when strong police forces gathered in the area to locate and arrest them. Both were Iranian nationals.
All the suspects arrested are being held at the Fthiotida police headquarters and will be led before a Lamia public prosecutor. Police also hope that the arrested migrants and traffickers will give them valuable information about the organised migrant-trafficking ring that they suspect was responsible for bringing the migrants to Greece.