A Mexican woman helped Russians and Uzbeks cross the US border: she was arrested and extradited to the States
A smuggler who allegedly operated for several years in the city of Mexicali on the US-Mexico border as part of an international human smuggling conspiracy has been extradited to the United States from Mexico. Writes about this US Department of Justice.
Ofelia Hernandez-Salas, 61, was arrested in Mexico in March under a U.S. extradition request and turned over to U.S. authorities on Sept. 5 to face charges previously filed in Arizona.
Hernandez-Salas allegedly conspired with other smugglers to facilitate the movement of large numbers of migrants into the United States from Uzbekistan, Russia, Bangladesh, Yemen, Pakistan, Eritrea, India, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
Hernandez-Salas and her co-defendant, Raul Saucedo-Juipio, 48, allegedly charged migrants tens of thousands of dollars for passage and directed them where to illegally cross into the U.S., including providing them with a ladder to climb over the border fence. In addition, Hernandez-Salas and her accomplices, armed with pistols and knives, allegedly robbed migrants of money and personal belongings.
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Saucedo-Juipio remains in custody in Mexico.
“This extradition is further evidence of our global commitment to investigating, combating and dismantling human smuggling networks,” said Assistant Director Katrina Berger of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “HSI is committed to its partnership with law enforcement and its mission to eliminate these crimes and bring to justice those who spread them.”
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