Mexican authorities found more than 650 illegal aliens packed inside tractor-trailers operated by human smugglers at a military checkpoint in the border state of Tamaulipas, according to reports.
On Thursday night, three big rigs hauling double trailers were stopped in the town of Oyama.
Officers discovered hundreds of Central Americans locked inside six trailers, including 349 minors, nearly 200 of whom were ‘unaccompanied.’
“Among the migrants were 564 Guatemalans, as well as migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Belize,” the Yucatan Times reports.
“According to the testimonies given by several of them, they had already been 36 hours without taking any food and without physiological needs; there were people who were happy that they had finally been released,” Luis Alberto Rodríguez Juárez, spokesman for the Tamaulipas Security Cabinet, told local media.
Authorities believe the vehicles were bound for Monterrey, which is reportedly a major hub for smugglers and migrants moving onwards to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Most of the adults were reportedly repatriated or brought to immigration processing facilities in southern Mexico while unaccompanied children were taken into custody by Mexico’s National System for Integral Family Development (DIF).
Four suspects were arrested at the scene.
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