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Human trafficking network in Mexicali: This we know about the Hernández Salas group

USA sanctioned this Friday a criminal network in Mexico accused of charging to migrants between 10,000 and 70,000 dollars to help them cross the border irregularly and enter US territory.

According to a statement from the Treasury Department, this people smuggling organization it has been responsible for the illegal entry of thousands of people into the United States since at least 2018.

This we know about the Hernández Salas trafficking network

Washington sanctioned the leader of this migrant smuggling group, Ofelia Hernandez Salas, ‘Doña Lupe’, implicated in document falsification and corruption to introduce migrants into the US across the border. Supposedly, she is linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, according to the Treasury Department.

According to the US authority, the criminal organization Hernández Salas is dedicated to the trafficking of migrants and facilitated their passage “without the appropriate investigative processes.”

Hernández Salas, arrested on March 17 in the city of Mexicali, is imprisoned in Mexico awaiting her extradition to the United States.

A federal grand jury from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona indicted Hernandez Salas in 2021.

Supposedly, this organization uses the Hotel Plaza and Hotel Las Torres to carry out their trafficking activities.

In addition, the Treasury Department sanctioned four individuals allegedly linked to this criminal organization: Raúl Saucedo Huipio, Jesús Gerardo Chávez Tamayo, Fatima del Rocío Maldonado López and Federico Hernández Sánchez.

According to the United States, Raúl Saucedo, imprisoned in Mexico, communicated with people implicated in the human smuggling to cross migrants To united states.

For his part, Jesús Chávez Tamayo allegedly received payments for smuggling services and Fátima Maldonado López is accused of altering documentation and providing accommodation to migrants in Chiapas.

“In close coordination with our law enforcement colleagues and our Mexican partners, the designation of Ofelia Hernández Salas and her criminal enterprise Its purpose is to disrupt the group’s global operations,” declared the Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian E. Nelson, about this coordinated action with the Government of Mexico.

As a result of these sanctions, any assets they may have under US jurisdiction are frozen.

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