45 US-bound migrants found in tractor trailer in Mexico
Piling them up for the border: Moment group of 45 migrants bound for the United States are discovered inside tractor trailer disguised as garbage truck by smugglers in Mexico
- 45 migrants headed to the United States found hidden in a tractor-trailer loaded with trash in Veracruz, Mexico, on Monday
- Smugglers filled the freight container with piles of crushed metal sheets, pipes, lids and cans and kept the migrants on the side of the truck
- The migrants were hidden between mesh fencing and mattresses placed over a wall
Published: 17:44, 2 August 2022 | Updated: 18:58, 2 August 2022
Mexican security forces discovered 45 migrants concealed within the covered walls of a tractor-trailer that was disguised as a garbage truck in the coastal state of Veracruz.
The National Institute of Migration said National Guard soldiers stopped the driver for a routine inspection on a highway on Monday at 4:50 a.m.
Crushed metal sheets, pipes, lids and cans rose from the floor to the ceiling of the freight container when the guardsmen opened the cargo's door and subsequently became suspicious when they heard voices.
The individuals crawled out of the container through a small space on the bottom right side of the garbage pile.
Agents with Mexico's National Institute of Migration escort one of the 45 migrants who were found inside a tractor trailer disguised as a garbage truck by smugglers in Veracruz on Monday
Immigration agents canvassed the container and found that the 45 migrants were hidden between mesh fencing and mattresses lined up over a wall, leaving the group without any access to ventilation
Immigration agents canvassed the container and found that the migrants were hidden between mesh fencing and mattresses lined up over a wall, leaving the group without any access to ventilation.
According to the National Institute of Migration, the migrant group was comprised of: 20 people from Venezuela, nine from the Dominican Republic, five from Ecuador and three from Bangladesh. The other three migrants were from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
The nine women and 34 men, all adults, were taken to a local National Institute of Migration facility in the town of Acayucan.
The driver was arrested and placed in custody of the Veracruz State Attorney General's Office.
A migrant is helped after crawling through a pile of metal sheets, pipes, lids and cans that rose from the floor to the ceiling of the freight container where they were hidden as part of the smuggling network's efforts to get them to the U.S. border
The migrants were taken to the local immigration station in Acayucan, Veracruz, where they were processed
The migrant group was comprised of 20 people from Venezuela, nine from the Dominican Republic, five from Ecuador and three from Bangladesh.
The other three migrants were from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
It's the latest smuggling ring busted by Mexican security forces and immigration agents after almost 400 migrants escaped from a hot and airless tractor trailer that was abandoned near Acayucan last Thursday.
In that incident, villagers and workers from a nearby gas station sprung to action after they heard the cries for help coming from the freight container and helped pry its doors open.
Some of the migrants broke holes in the cargo container to get out, while others escaped through the roof.
About 94 migrants were treated by paramedics on the scene while the rest were able to flee.
At least 6,592 migrants have died or disappeared in the Americas during their journey to the United States, according to the International Organization for Migration.
At least 652 had died or gone missing in 2021 as of last Friday, on pace to eclipse last year's totals when 1,248 deaths or disappearances where reported.