Cops Find 20 Migrants Crammed Into Van

CENPublished: April 3, 2018
Published: April 3, 2018

Police who stopped a Transit-size van were astonished to find 20 migrants being smuggled in the back.

A people-smuggler unnamed in reports had installed a board in the back of the van to give it two storeys, doubling the number of people he could carry.

A video shows the police ordering the would-be migrants out of their cramped space and into a line-up on a snowy road just outside the city of Chelyabinsk in south-central Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast.

Russian media reported that the unnamed 47-year-old driving the van did not even know how many people he had crammed in the back of the vehicle.

The migrants were reportedly being smuggled from Kyrgyzstan into the Russia Federation.

After a check at a police station, authorities decided they did not have the right to remain in Russia.

All the migrants and the driver, also a Kyrgyz national, have reportedly left Russia.

Police say they arrested the man for making unauthorised changes to a vehicle and carrying passengers in an unsafe manner.

It was not clear whether they were pursuing the people-smuggling offence.

The driver was made to pay a fine of an unreported sum though it was unclear whether this was in relation to the traffic offences or the attempted people-smuggling.

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