Fuerza Pública officers checked out the passengers on a public Los Chiles to Ciudad Quesada bus and found that 40 of the persons aboard were illegal Nicaraguan immigrants.
None of the illegals had a passport or any type of paperwork providing legal entry, said police. The stop was in Boca Arenal de Cutris, San Carlos.
The 40 were turned over to the Dirección General de Migración, whose agents escorted the 40 to the Las Tablillas border crossing, police said.
Officers said this is the largest group of illegal immigrants that has been encountered.