Mexican officials find 266 migrants crammed into 3 tractor-trailers near border

Immigration officials in Mexico found 266 migrants crammed into the double bottoms of three tractor-trailers. The migrants came from seven different countries and included 20 unaccompanied minors.

Federal agents from the Interior Ministry’s National Institute for Migration (INM) apprehended 266 migrants in three tractor-trailers in Nuevo León on Tuesday morning, according to a statement released by the Mexican government.

Early Tuesday morning, Mexican authorities received information about a group of migrant children and adults being transferred in Torton-type trucks. Police in the municipality of Galeana, Nuevo León, began searching for the trucks.

Officers stopped three trucks and began inspections after finding one without a license plate, officials said. Officers heard voices coming from the trailer and detected rustling noises. When they opened the trailers, officers found the migrants kneeling and sitting cross-legged on planks that formed a second story.

State, local and federal law enforcement officials, including the Mexican National Guard, assisted in transporting the 266 migrants to the Galeana Municipal Auditorium for processing.

Authorities identified the foreign nationals as migrants from Guatemala (78), Nicaragua (78), El Salvador (48), Cuba (26), Honduras (19), Ecuador (13) and Dominican Republic (2).

The group consisted of 62 family units, 19 unaccompanied minor boys and one unaccompanied migrant girl.

On August 17, Mexican officials found 150 migrants crammed into a single trailer bound for the United States, Breitbart Texas reported. Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Officer Jason D. Owens tweeted photos showing a group of migrants huddled inside a tractor-trailer in Mexico. The sector worked with Mexican officials to find and stop the truck heading for the US border.

The tactic of luring migrants into these potential death traps is not new. Breitbart Texas reports extensively on the use of cartel-linked Mexican smugglers to move migrants into the interior of the United States. These smuggling efforts can have deadly consequences.

Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.


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