MEXICO CITY (AP) — Migrants smugglers in Mexico have lately been making an attempt some revolutionary strategies, however on Tuesday authorities mentioned they detected a brand new scheme: ferrying migrants for tons of of miles on the backs of bikes.
The Nationwide Immigration Institute mentioned Tuesday it discovered eight bikes, every with a driver and a Cuban migrant driving on the again of the motorcycle.
They had been stopped Monday at a checkpoint within the Gulf coast state of Tabasco about 180 miles (300 kilometers) from the place they set out.
However they had been headed for the northern state of Coahuila, greater than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) to the north. The drivers had been detained, and the migrants turned over to immigration authorities.
The detentions come simply days after 28 Nicaraguans had been discovered crammed inside a fake ambulance painted with logos from a authorities well being company. The car was stopped within the Pacific coast state of Oaxaca.
The Institute mentioned the driving force had tried to go himself off as a well being care employee and was detained.
Migrants present in such circumstances are normally returned to their dwelling international locations, except they’re the victims of a criminal offense.
Immigrant traffickers in Mexico common attempt to smuggle migrants in buses or freight vehicles. The vehicles are sometimes painted with the logos of well-known corporations to attempt to keep away from scrutiny.