Greeks find 54 migrants jammed into van
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.