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Police discover over 300 illegal migrants after tip

Tecpatán-Raudales Malpaso, Chiapas — A tip has led state officers to the discovery of over 300 illegal migrants along a highway in Chiapas.

The Fiscalía General de la República in Chiapas says that 338 Central American migrants have been removed from five buses after they were found to be in the country illegally. The discovery came after an anonymous tip led them to the roadway.

Members of the Federal Ministerial Police received a complaint that reported a group of men were transporting foreigners along dirt roads. This report led to an operation in search of the men and vehicles illegally transporting the Central Americans.

The five buses were found traveling along the Carretera Tecpatán-Raudales Malpaso stretch of highway in the state of Chiapas. On board, police report the migrants were made up of Hondurans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and one Cuban national. Of them, 157 were minor children.

Police say they also arrested 15 people for smuggling the migrants along with three communication radios, a laptop, six cell phones, the five buses and three private vehicles that they say likely guarded the vehicles carrying the migrants.

The Central American citizens received comprehensive medical attention and were sent to the National Institute of Migration in the state of Chiapas for corresponding administrative procedures.