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149 Central Americans detained after found illegally entering Mexico

Tabasco — A group of 149 Central Americans were pulled from the crammed quarters of a trailer Saturday after the vehicle was stopped for a random inspection.

The National Security Commission said that the migrants were discovered when troops were carrying out random inspections along the Choapas-Ocozocoautla highway.

Authorities stopped the semi for a random inspection after seeing it pulling two trailers. Inside they found a total of 149 illegal people from varying Central American countries. Those inside the trailers were detained by personnel of the National Institute of Migration (INM) in Tabasco.

“After requesting the corresponding documentation of the driver and his companion, elements of the corporation, with the support of the INM personnel made a detailed inspection in the loading area where 149 people of different nationalities were found, all of whom were without documents that would prove their entry and legal stay in Mexico,” officials reported in a statement.

The agents reported finding 77 Guatemalan adults, 62 minors, one adult from El Salvador, six adults from Honduras and three adults from Nicaragua, all of whom were found to be without legal documentation.

The driver and passenger of the semi were arrested and placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation while agents continue investigating.