Greek police bust smuggling ring, arrest migrants hiding in caves
ATHENS (Reuters) - At least 13 suspected members of an international criminal organization smuggling undocumented migrants to other European countries have been arrested, Greek authorities said on Friday.
An operation to dismantle the ring was under way on the island of Crete, and Britain's National Crime Agency was also involved, police said.
Crete, Greece's southernmost island, lies north of Libya and Egypt. The head of the local coastguard, Dimitris Saitakis, told reporters at least 13 suspected smugglers had been arrested, as well as 131 migrants hiding in caves or warehouses.
"This is a strong blow to organized crime on Crete," Saitakis said, adding that he expected the number of arrests to rise "dramatically".