Migrant smugglers crash into fake government food truck

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Migrant smugglers in Mexico apparently painted fake government food distribution logos on a freight truck to cover up the fact that they were transporting 38 migrants.

The ploy appeared to have worked until the driver smashed the truck against a cement railing on a highway in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

Logos of the Mexican Food Safety Agency and its affiliated grocery chain, Diconsa, were found on the truck. The agency distributes basic foods to government stores where they are sold at reduced prices.

The agency said in a statement Tuesday evening that the smugglers “forged” the logos “in order to transport migrants from Central America.”

The migrants, including eight children, suffered only minor injuries and were detained by the authorities. The driver fled.

Migrants often pay smugglers to take them on buses or trucks across Mexico to reach the US border. In the past, trucks carrying migrants have been found with fake logos of private companies to avoid being noticed.

However, such trips are very dangerous, as smugglers often pack too many people in freight containers.

In a truck crash on December 9 in southern Mexico, 56 migrants were killed when a smuggler’s semi-truck overturned on a highway. The truck contained up to 250 migrants and survivors said the speed and weight of the human cargo may have played a role in the crash.

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