Truck X-Ray Nabs 513 Migrants
People wedged into two trucks suffered dehydration, lack of air
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 18, 2011 12:04 PM CDT
Migrants from Latin America and Asia leave a truck that was heading to the US after being detected by X-ray equipment.   (AP Photo/Chiapas State Attorney General)

(Newser) – Mexican police saw something shocking when they aimed their X-ray scanners at a pair of tractor trailers at a checkpoint in Chiapas. The trucks were jammed full of 513 illegal migrants, many of them suffering from dehydration, the AP reports. Though air holes had been cut in the top of the trucks, the migrants said they felt suffocated as well. “We were suffering,” one said. “It was very hot, and we were clinging to the ropes.”

The migrants hailed from throughout South America, Central America, and even Asia, and were bound for the US. Some said they were charged around $7,000 for the trip. Mexican authorities say it was their largest migrant smuggling bust in years. The type of scanner that spotted the migrants was, interestingly enough, similar to the devices so reviled by airline passengers, the New York Times notes.


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CarlKolchak
May 19, 2011 6:35 PM CDT
Perhaps if these kind of busts can happen about a trillion more times we might have some social service programs with money left to actually help out American tax payers when they need it instead of having the system sucked dry by illegal immigrants....rock on...
b3nt1ey
May 18, 2011 7:40 PM CDT
If each migrant paid $7,000 for a spot on the trailer, then whoever organized this operation made $3,591,000 off passenger fare.
Mad
May 18, 2011 7:08 PM CDT
Makes you feel sorry for the poor saps that were in the truck with 257. (See: 513 people divide between 2 trucks mean one had 'only' 256) Yeah, I know, most my humor has been bombing lately.