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Guatemala arrests migrant smugglers wanted by the US

Guatemala arrests migrant smugglers wanted by the US

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala (AP) — At dawn, police accompanied by every one one other accompanied by confederate agents accompanied by cover from helicopters flying overhead raided a large ranch nestled among the mountains of northern Guatemala, not a lengthy way from the border accompanied by Mexico.

Unlike the ranch's impoverished neighbors, inside authorities found horse stables, a swimming pool, late model vehicles, guns accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a still intoxicated Felipe Diego Alonso, the alleged leader of a smuggling ring that moved migrants from Guatemala northern to the United States.

The raid was small part of some carried not here Tuesday inside quartet Guatemalan provinces opposed to a migrant smuggling ring, for which authorities speak they've documented $2 million inside income since 2019.

Alonzo accompanied by every one one other accompanied by trio others arrested Tuesday were targets of U.S. prosecutors, wanted inside link accompanied by the demise of a Guatemalan migrant inside Texas last year. In total, authorities nabbed 19 alleged members of the smuggling ring.

The arrests came a month following 53 migrants, including 21 Guatemalans, died inside a failed smuggling try when they were deserted inside a sweltering trailer inside San Antonio, Texas. There was no indeed indeed sign those arrested Tuesday were associated accompanied by inside the San Antonio tragedy.

The extradition of alleged migrant smugglers known while "coyotes" has been infrequent accompanied by every one one other accompanied by these would exist the earliest known cases inside Guatemala of smugglers allegedly pursued for the demise of a migrant inside the United States.

Prosecutions of migrant smugglers inside Guatemala have proven exceedingly difficult since migrants are almost never willing to identify or testify opposed to their smugglers. In some cases they hope for another chance to migrate to the United States accompanied by the smuggler's assist accompanied by every one one other accompanied by inside others they are frightened of the smugglers or their organized crime connections.

Alonzo, appearing groggy inside blue jeans accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a white golf shirt, said he was an onion grower who excessively occasionally sold land accompanied by every one one other accompanied by automobiles.

Some of the detainees were flown to Guatemala City for their initial court of rules and regulations of rules with every one other accompanied by regulations appearances.

The arrests go nearer at a hour dated of heightened tensions inside the centre of Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Washington.

The Biden management has been outspoken inside its censure of perceived backsliding on corruption prosecutions. The U.S. management sanctioned Guatemala's Attorney General Consuelo Porras, alleging she was an obstacle to anti-corruption labour accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was now pursuing judges accompanied by every one one other accompanied by prosecutors who had worked on corruption cases.

It was the Attorney General's Office backed by National Police that carried not here the raids near the northern town of Huehuetenango at dawn Tuesday.

"This was an organized category dedicated to getting migrants accompanied by the proposal of transporting them to Mexico accompanied by every one one other accompanied by at that hour dated to the United States," said Stuardo Campo, Guatemala's prosecutor for migrant trafficking.

He said that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had supported the operation. Guatemalan authorities had documented 11 operations by the smuggling web to go migrants since last October, nevertheless Campo did not speak how numerous migrants were smuggled.

The quartet people arrested at the appeal of U.S. authorities are allegedly linked to the demise of Marta Raymundo Corio who was found deceased near Odessa, Texas following actuality smuggled into with every one other accompanied by not here of Mexico inside early 2021.

Campo said the woman had died inside a warehouse inside Texas due to a lack of food accompanied by every one one other accompanied by aqua accompanied by every one one other accompanied by her relatives had requested the assist of authorities inside determining what had happened.

As Alonzo was led away Tuesday, he told authorities to lay clasp of protected from danger keeping of his animals. Speaking Kanjobal, an Indigenous language, he said "I'd by preference they eat than I eat."

Guatemala arrests migrant smugglers wanted by the US

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