Status: 27/09/2023, 16:09 p.m.
By: Bettina Stuhlweißenburg
The police became aware of the suspected smugglers on the A8. © Federal Police Inspectorate Rosenheim
The Federal Police in Rosenheim is investigating a Turk, a German and a Lebanese on suspicion of smuggling.
Weyarn - The three men were arrested one after the other on the A26 between Tuesday and Wednesday (27/8 September). They have been transporting Syrian and Turkish migrants with their vehicles. According to initial findings, this was the last stage of an organized smuggling operation. this was announced by the Federal Police Inspectorate Rosenheim.
Tuesday afternoon, the federal police checked the occupants of a rental car with Hanau license plates. At the wheel was a German citizen. The Tunisian-born man explained that he had met his seven companions quite by chance at a gas station somewhere in Austria and had taken them with him "out of charity". The passengers did not carry any papers. They told the investigators of the Federal Police that they were from Syria and that they were between 18 and 37 years old. They had already entrusted themselves to smugglers in Syria, who had demanded 8,000 euros per person for transport. The entire tour is said to have been planned with all stages. Intermediate stops would have been in Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Austria. The seven Syrian men were sent to a reception center for refugees. In the foreseeable future, their driver, who is registered in Hesse, will face criminal proceedings for smuggling foreigners.
Early Wednesday morning, the border investigators of the Federal Police subjected the occupants of a car registered in Wuppertal near the Weyarn junction to a check. The Lebanese-born driver identified himself with a German residence permit. The other four people in the car had no papers with them. According to their own statements, they are Syrian nationals. The driver explained that he had taken the group of four from the Irschenberg rest area as a courtesy. The investigators, the explanation of the 39-year-old seemed hardly conclusive, as they had previously seen the car pass from the Irschenberg exit on the A8. During the search of the alleged smuggler, the officers found a thick bundle of money. The investigators in Rosenheim assume that the seized approximately 1,800 euros could be part of the smuggler's wages. The four smugglers were sent to a reception centre for refugees. The driver, who is registered in North Rhine-Westphalia, is expected to soon have to answer for smuggling.
Previously, officers of the Bavarian State Police stopped after midnight at the Irschenberg rest area a car with Groß-Gerauer license plates. The 34-year-old Turkish driver identified himself with a German toleration. The other four inmates had no entry papers. According to the initial findings of the Federal Police Inspectorate in Rosenheim, which was called in for reasons of responsibility, the young men come from Turkey. They stated that they had already paid 5000,<> euros per person to those behind a smuggling organization in Turkey and Serbia. They would then have had to travel all the way to Austria in the back of a truck. From there they continued their journey to Germany by car. They, too, were forwarded to a reception centre for refugees. The Turk, who was born in Lebanon and registered in Hesse and had taken the four compatriots with him, must expect criminal proceedings for smuggling.
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