Police said bus carried illegal immigrants and billiard tables

Passengers unload their gear from the Nicaraguan bus after police stopped the vehicle Sunday.

Fuerza Pública officers stopped a Nicaraguan-licensed bus Sunday near Sixaola in southeastern Costa Rica and found what they said were 27 illegal immigrants.

Authorities said that the individuals, all Nicaraguans, appear to have entered Costa Rica on foot and then boarded the bus. The driver and his wife were detained for investigation of trafficking in persons.

In addition police said they found five disassembled billiard tables in the bus, so they added on an allegation of avoiding customs and smuggling merchandise.

The passengers told police that they were traveling by bus and had to get off, presumably to cross the border on foot. Then they boarded the bus again, they said, according to police.

Unclear was why the bus and its passengers ended up in Sixaola or what was the destination of the billiard tables the bus carried.

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