STA, 21 June 2020 - Police found 22 foreigners trying to enter Slovenia illegally in two food grade tank lorries with Serbian licence plates on Saturday at Gruškovje border crossing with Croatia.
The citizens of Bangladesh, India, Turkey and Syria were visibly exhausted and there was a high chance that they could suffocate, the Maribor Police Department said.
Police first discovered 13 foreigners in one food grade tank lorry. Then then spotted another vehicle of the same company in the line, checking it immediately after discovering that the group of people in the first lorry were very exhausted, finding the other nine illegal migrants.
According to media reports, the foreigners did not ask for asylum in Slovenia, so they were sent back to Croatia.
Slovenian police did not detain the lorry drivers, but filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator.