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Mexico steps up smuggling raids with giant X-ray

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Migrants are seen in a tractor trailer after being detected by police X-ray equipment in Concepcion del Oro, Mexico, on Sunday in this still image from video footage.

Reuters MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — Mexican officials have captured more than 200 migrants hidden in trucks over the past two days, including dozens spotted by a large X-ray scanner huddled in secret compartments, as the country steps up a crackdown under U.S. pressure.

Footage of the X-ray shows a ghost-like truck filled with the brightened silhouettes of the migrants — some sitting and others lying down — along two levels of the crowded compartments on Sunday.

An additional 228 hidden migrants were found in a routine search of a soft drink transportation truck in the southern state of Chiapas on Monday, Mexico’s security ministry said in a statement.

The apprehensions come weeks after the appointment of hard-charging former prisons chief Francisco Garduno as the new head of Mexico’s immigration authority, the National Migration Institute (INM).

Under Garduno, the agency has made a number of high-profile captures of migrants smuggled in commercial vehicles. The weekend Garduno took office, INM found 800 people in four trucks in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Mexico’s stepped-up efforts to stop record flows of mainly Guatemalans, Hondurans and El Salvadorans reaching the United States follow a June 7 deal under which Mexico averted tariffs threatened by U.S. President Donald Trump with a promise to use security forces to intercept more undocumented migrants.Speech

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