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Immigrant smugglers used fake PO truck

Border guards in northern Greece have arrested a man for using a fake post office truck to smuggle illegal immigrants through the country, police said yesterday. The 45-year-old suspect, whose name was not made public, allegedly admitted to being part of an international migrant-smuggling gang, police said. He was arrested in the northeastern town of Komotini, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Turkish border. An inspection of the truck he was driving, which had been painted with post office markings, revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from the industrial area of Aspropyrgos, on the western outskirts of Athens. Police said the gang had regularly used stolen trucks, disguised as public utility vehicles, to carry groups of illegal immigrants from the Evros border to Athens or Thessaloniki.