10 involved in migrant smuggling admit guilt and get prison time

The Poder Judicial said that 10 persons have admitted their roll in a human smuggling operation and have been sentenced to prison terms of from four to seven years.

Five of the accused were members of the Fuerza Pública. The Poder Judicial said that 10 other persons are awaiting trial.

This is the case that resulted in 17 raids last April 26 in Liberia, La Cruz, Cañas, Bagaces and San José Centro.

The case involved the smuggling and housing of illegal Nicaraguans. The group had a sophisticated system of moving the illegal migrants around the country to avoid detection. The police officers were paid to warn of road checkpoints set up by their colleagues.

The group even had contacts with bus drivers who made unscheduled stops for the migrants, said the Poder Judicial.

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