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INM arrests undocumented public bus passengers in Cancun operation

Cancun, Q.R. — Nine people were detained from a public bus in Cancun after authorities received a tip. On Tuesday, National Migration Institute officers along with the Navy, Police and National Guard, set up an inspection operation in search of undocumented people.

The operation was put into place in SM 58 of Cancun early Tuesday morning. While there, a public ADO bus was stopped and its passengers reviewed. A total of nine people were removed from the bus by INM officers for being unable to prove their legal stay in the country.

Around 10:30 a.m., a second public bus transporting passengers to another city was also stopped and inspected by the National Guard. INM officers are reported to have located additional undocumented people, however, an accurate figure is not known.

Local reports say both buses were escorted to the Transit Facilities in Cancun where more than two dozen undocumented passengers and driver were arrested. The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) office has still not released any official information regarding their Tuesday Cancun operation.

Bus load of illegal migrants located in Cancun. Photo: Agency

Those found to be in Mexico illegally during the Tuesday morning operation were transferred to INM facilities where they will eventually be deported and returned to their country of origin.

The operation was set up after authorities were tipped off that public buses leaving Cancun Tuesday morning for another Mexican city would be transporting illegal passengers.