Mexican authorities detained 24 migrants from India who had arrived in the country illegally and were riding in a haulage truck in the southeastern state of Chiapas, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said.
The truck was detected as part of a joint operation with Chiapas’ Public Safety Secretariat and Attorney General’s Office, the INM said in a bulletin Friday, adding that the two-dozen adult men found crammed inside the vehicle said they were from the South Asian nation.
“In the action, a suspected people trafficker tried to flee and, after a brief pursuit, was captured by immigration agents and state police,” the INM said.
The institute added that the detainee identified himself as Anuar Ivar Fonseca Martinez, a 25-year-old from Comitan, a city in Chiapas.
The foreigners were given medical treatment and placed in INM detention facilities pending “determination of their immigration status,” while the suspect was turned over to the Chiapas AG’s office’s special unit for crimes against migrants in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital.