San Ignacio Police conduct sting operation on human trafficking ring

vlcsnap-2013-10-25-08h58m21s244vlcsnap-2013-10-25-08h58m35s130San Ignacio Police believe that they have busted persons involved in a human trafficking ring. On Tuesday, shortly before midday, the department conducted a sting operation that led to the apprehension of four persons. Police intercepted a white Cadillac car bearing a Mexican license plate, in front of the San Ignacio Police Station. The persons were asked to produce identification at which driver and his wife presented Mexican passports, where it was revealed that they are in the country legally. They entered by way of the northern border. The other passengers however, both of Cuban nationality, presented passports that showed no stamp as to where they gained entry into the country. All four persons were taken into custody, after which the Immigration Department was called to intervene. According to Police, the two men are likely to be charged with illegal entry, while the couple are being investigated in relation to human trafficking. They are said to be regular visitors to the country. Another man was also detained separately, again in the downtown area, on suspicion of similar acts. Upon seeing Police, he reportedly extracted a SIM card from a cell phone and attempted to chew and ingest the object. San Ignacio Police say this latest bust is believed to be a part of a larger ring, involving some ten persons.

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