The police force in Thessaloniki said the people on the truck were from Syria and Iraq, and the driver allegedly received 1,500 euros ($1,700) for each of the seven passengers. The agency said the truck was stopped Monday on a secondary road near the northern town of Edessa. Police think the truck driver, a 41-year-old man from North Macedonia, was avoiding major highways to reduce the risk of being stopped.
He was arrested on suspicion of people-smuggling. While thousands of migrants enter Greece illegally every year, few attempt the long-haul journey from Turkey to destinations in Europe.