THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in northern Greece say 19 Somali migrants have been found hidden under the roof of a fake tour bus headed to Italy, and 23 Greeks alleged to be posing as tourists were arrested.
The 12 women and seven men were found crammed in the 35 centimeter- (13.7 inch-) high compartment after police stopped and searched the bus Tuesday outside Thessaloniki city.
Giorgos Pantelakos, head of Thessaloniki police's human trafficking division, said the Somalis each paid 3,000 euros ($4,100) for the trip, while the seated passengers each received 100 euros ($135) to act as vacationers.
Five suspected human smugglers from Greece and Georgia were arrested separately. Authorities are determining if the Somalis should be deported.
Greece is a major entry point for migrants trying to reach the European Union illegally.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Two Hobbs men face capital murder charges in Texas after being charged with the death of a woman whose body was dumped in New Mexico.
Thieves broke into an Albuquerque fire station while the firefighters were off helping kids.
UNM athletics is rolling out a new points program to determine which fans get access to The Pit's best seats, postseason tickets and prime parking spots.
A recent Christmas Eve tradition that's become increasingly popular in Santa Fe has been shot down.
Police said a homeowner and his 11-year-old son stopped two burglars dead in their tracks. They walked in on the alleged heist, but weren't about to let the suspected thieves get away with it, and they got creative with the way they …
What happened to one of four local officers shot in a dramatic October chase now has the attention of city, county, and even state lawmakers as they discuss proposing a policy that would ensure she will be the last first responder to get …