Greeks find 54 mi­grants jammed into van

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

THES­SA­LONIKI, Greece — Po­lice in north­ern Greece have res­cued 54 mi­grants found squeezed into a van, and ar­rested two Bul­gar­i­ans sus­pected to be mem­bers of a smug­gling ring paid to carry them through the coun­try.

A po­lice state­ment says the van was stopped Wed­nes­day on a road in the north­east­ern Rodopi prov­ince.

It said the 52 Syr­i­ans and two So­ma­lis — in­clud­ing 13 chil­dren — were crammed into the 13-by-8-foot back of the van, which lacked ven­ti­la­tion and was locked from the out­side.

The two Bul­gar­i­ans, aged 36 and 38, were charged with il­le­gally trans­port­ing mi­grants and en­dan­ger­ing lives.

Po­lice said Thurs­day that each of the adults had paid $1,700 to be taken from Greece’s land border with Turkey, which they had crossed il­le­gally, to the north­ern city of Thes­sa­loniki.

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