Police in Germany found more than 100 Syrian citizens inside apartments and other buildings searched on Tuesday in connection with suspected migrant smuggling, German news agency dpa reported.
More than 350 German federal police searched locations as part of the investigation. The Syrians were allegedly taken to Germany without holding legal residence papers, dpa reported.
Police executed five arrest warrants, three in the northern town of Stade and two in the western town of Gladbeck. All five arrested were Syrian asylum seekers already living in Germany, the news agency said.
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Syrian migrants had to pay them $3,170-$7,400 to be smuggled into Germany. The suspects then bought gold with the money, dpa said.
The raids were ordered by federal police at Frankfurt airport on suspicion of gang and commercial smuggling of foreigners, the news agency reported.
The focus of the raids were cities and towns in northern and western Germany as well as Bavaria in the south, dpa reported.