authorities of Mexico reported this Friday of the arrest of three alleged traffickers who were transporting a group of 30 undocumented migrants, almost all Cubans and two from Sri Lanka, in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, in the north of the country.
The migrants, who were traveling crammed into vans, were found in the parking lot of a shopping center in the municipality of Escobedo, Nuevo León, a state bordering Texas, reports the agency EFE.
The three men who would be involved with the transfer of irregular travelers were arrested by forces of the municipal Citizen Security Secretariat.
The uniformed officers surprised the alleged traffickers who were taking the group of undocumented immigrants when the vans in which they were transferred remained parked in the shopping center, the Spanish media points out.
Around midnight, the policemen carried out surveillance work in the sector and observed two white vans in the aforementioned place with the legend “Paquetería Express Pablisa” with license plates from the neighboring state of Coahuila and Mexico City, in addition to a rental vehicle. with sheets of Nuevo León, details the news dispatch.
“The officers observed that some people were on board the ‘van’ (trucks) and others quickly got into the taxi, in which they would presumably be transferred to safe houses in Saltillo,” the Ministry of Security explained in a statement. Escobedo Citizen Security.
The uniformed officers approached the people and detected 28 Cubans in the group, and a man and his daughter from Sri Lanka. Among the undocumented are 16 adult women, 11 men, and 3 girls from 5 to 7 years old, it specifies EFE.
The detainees were identified as Luis “N”, 34 years old, Gustavo “N”, 27 and Raúl “N”, 28, who were made available to the corresponding authorities.
For its part, the migrants were left in charge of the National Migration Institute (INM), assures the Spanish agency, which points out that the fact reflects the record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP, in English ) has intercepted more than 1.82 million people so far in fiscal year 2022, which began last October.
This own US authority has registered more than 175,000 Cuban migrants arriving in that country in the fiscal year that began in October 2021, while the Coast Guard has detained more than 4,000 rafters on the Florida coast in this period.
About Mexico, EFE reports that the Government has deployed almost 30,000 members of the Armed Forces on the northern and southern borders, where in the last three months they have intercepted 124,300 migrants of various nationalities, 115% more than the same previous period.
More than 1,600 irregular migrants detained in Mexican territory have been returned to Cuba by air from that country so far this year.
EFE / OnCuba