PATRAS, Greece — A criminal ring smuggling migrants into Italy was broken up on Lefkada island in western Greece, port authorities said on Monday.
Three of its members were among the crew on a sailboat and two more arrested on land.
The three members were serving as crew on a sailing boat carrying 36 migrants and refugees SW of the island. Port authorities intercepted it and forced it to tie at the Lefkada port, where it was confiscated and the three crew members were arrested, along with another foreign national who was waiting for them at port.
Port authority officials and special ops members in the protection of sea borders raided a house on the island and confiscated several materials including mobile phones, a fake ID, drugs and 4,020 euros.
On the Peloponnese, in Achaia prefecture, police identified and arrested a man who drove the migrants on his bus to the sailboat departing for Lefkada.