Italian authorities arrested three people smugglers on Monday, February 15, as part of an investigation sparked after about 100 migrants were found the previous night, in an area north of the city of Udine.
Three people were arrested on Monday, February 15 by Italian police for aiding and abetting illegal migration after about 100 undocumented migrants were found in the country's northeastern Friuli Venezia Giulia region.
Those found included 11 women of different nationalities.The investigation was coordinated by the local prosecutor's office and it became clear during it that the three alleged people smugglers had already planned another trip to bring numerous asylum seekers into Italian territory.
Police were waiting for them in the town of Gemona when they tried to cross the border to Italy.
About 100 migrants found in Udine
About 100 migrants were found in the Italian city of Udine by police and carabinieri, over night between Sunday, February 14 and Monday. The undocumented migrants were said to be from a variety of different nationalities and were first noticed whilst walking in small groups along the main roads between Osoppo, Buja, and Colloredo di Monte Albano.
Police believe they were probably taken there by large vehicles transiting through the area.
After the migrants were found, the authorities began identifcation procedures for those requesting international protection and an investigation to find the people smugglers who led them to Italy.
Some of the migrants were taken to the Cavarzerani former army barracks, where they will spend their mandatory anti-COVID quarantine period.