Two Greek men, aged 57 and 58, were being questioned by a prosecutor in Alexandroupoli, northern Greece, on Friday after being arrested in a large police investigation into smuggling rings of illegal immigrants from Turkey into Greece via the Evros border.
The operation, organized by the Alexandroupoli Police Department, centered on the two suspects after numerous reports suggesting that they were running a human-smuggling operation in the area.
They were subsequently arrested while trying to smuggle 22 undocumented migrants in a small wooden boat across the Evros River from Turkey.
The would-be migrants were from Africa, the Middle East and the Seychelles, while a search of the 58-year-old Greek man’s home revealed over 150 grams of cannabis, which was confiscated along with the boat, a car, two cell phones and a hunting rifle that will be further investigated.
Police also arrested a Turkish man believed to be an accomplice