• Costa Rica Real Estate Auction
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica police detain 51 migrants from Asia, Africa, Middle East

December 30, 2015

National Police officers detained a truck near the Central Pacific town of Jacó early Wednesday carrying 51 undocumented migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

In total, the truck was carrying 26 citizens from Nepal, nine from Bangladesh, four from Eritrea, nine from Somalia, two from Iraq and one from Pakistan.

A Costa Rican man was driving the vehicle accompanied by three other Ticos. All of them were arrested.

The undocumented migrants were taken to a regional office of the Immigration Administration while the four Ticos were presented before the Prosecutor’s Office on charges of human trafficking, Garabito police chief Oswaldo Rodríguez said.

If convicted, the men could serve sentences ranging from two to six years in prison under Article 249 of the Immigration Law.

Human smugglers have been using Central America as a passageway for migrants on their way to the U.S., officials from the Public Security Ministry have stated. They often arrive in South America from other parts of the world and make their way up by plane, boat, train and highway.

Over the past two years, National Police officers have made several arrests of smugglers attempting to pass through the country with undocumented migrants from African and Asian countries.

Recommended: Costa Rica serves as a corridor for Asians, Africans migrating to the US

You may be interested

U.S. Embassy tweet of supposed tsunami causes alarm in El Salvador, Central America
Central America
43 views
Central America
43 views

U.S. Embassy tweet of supposed tsunami causes alarm in El Salvador, Central America

AFP and The Tico Times - November 11, 2019

A tweet that warned of a potential tsunami on the Pacific coast caused alarm Monday in El Salvador, where President…

Their future in the United States at stake, ‘Dreamers’ trek to Supreme Court
immigration
21 views
immigration
21 views

Their future in the United States at stake, ‘Dreamers’ trek to Supreme Court

Ariela Navarro / AFP - November 11, 2019

Carolina Fung Feng was resting after the grueling 230-mile walk from New York to Washington for a Supreme Court hearing…

Exciting new opportunity for Costa Rica buyers and sellers
Sponsored content
18 views
Sponsored content
18 views

Exciting new opportunity for Costa Rica buyers and sellers

The Tico Times - November 11, 2019

Bid on three unique Costa Rica properties. You Have Until Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 P.M. Here is some brief background…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!