They hid illegal immigrants on freight trains in Verona: fined and arrested

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Two people in Italy were arrested and fined 1,45 million euros each for picking up illegal immigrants at the station in Verona and hiding them on freight trains headed toward Austria and Germany. The two men, both 22 years old, are regular immigrants in Italy, and have been under house arrest since February, charged with aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

The events took place between 13 September and 15 November 2021. Almost 150 illegal immigrants were hidden on freight train wagons at the intermodal terminal Quadrante Europa in Verona. The two culprits face respectively two years and two months and one year and six months of jail time.

How did the system work?

The two men would approach their customers, or victims, at the Verona Porta Nuova station. They would take them to the nearby terminal Quadrante Europa and, after the sun would set, the illegal immigrants were loaded on truck trailers that were going to be moved on rail convoys. To make sure that the wagon inspections would not arouse suspicion, the two men would cut the tarp covering the container in a way that would fool the vector inspectors.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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