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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Sinaloa Cartel Smuggles Venezuelans into the US and Charges Up to US$40,000 Per Person

"MX" and "Parro" for Borderland Beat; TY to "Anonymous"

Pictured above are the four Venezuelan human smugglers arrested in Mexicali. Authorities say some of the migrants smuggled into the US were forced to carry drugs with them.

At least four alleged human smugglers of Venezuelan nationality were detained in the Mexicali Valley, Baja California, last week. Authorities said they were working for Los Salazar, a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel based in Sonora and the Mexicali Valley.

The detainees were: Neftalí Antonio Ortiz García, 36; Alfredo Alejandro Mejía Parra, 30; Jesús Enrique Mejía Miranda, 25; and Fran Enrique Junior Mejías Vivas, 35. They were arrested in flagrante delicto while transporting 11 unauthorized migrants (also from Venezuela).

As reported by one of the migrants, the Sinaloa Cartel charges up to US$40,000 per person to smuggle someone from Venezuela to the United States. The first contact is made at the Caracas International Airport by a Sinaloa Cartel envoy. The Venezuelan migrants are then flown to Mexico and taken to San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, where they are smuggled through the Arizona desert. 

This information was revealed last week after Mexicali municipal agents attended a report about a Chevrolet Suburban truck that was circulating suspiciously on State highway 2, in the Miguel Aleman neighborhood. When they arrived in the area, the officers located the vehicle and ordered them to stop. The vehicle was driving very close to the US-Mexico border wall.

Inside the car were 11 migrants, three women and eight men, who were trying to cross illegally into the United States. The authorities realized that the four Venezuelans mentioned earlier were in charge of the migrant operation.

After they were taken into custody, the four men confirmed that they worked for Los Salazar. They also admitted to have forced some of the migrants to carry drugs into the US on their backpacks.

The 15 people were placed under the jurisdiction of Baja California state officials. Relatives of the 11 Venezuelans who were trying to cross into the US illegally said on social media that they should be released. They argued that they were simply trying to cross to the US in search of better opportunities and encountered the cartel along the way.

The 11 migrants taken into custody

"My relative is ill. She has a leg disability, high blood pressure, and heart conditions. She and her son legally entered Mexico through the Cancun Airport on April 26, 2021, with their valid and legal Venezuelan passport," Mariela Ortega said.

"I supported them out of desperation to save them. Now I am anguished because they are in Mexican custody".

An individual identified as Alejandro added to Mariela's statement and denounced that their family members had their belongings stolen. Alejandro argued that Mexican authorities were planning to file organized crime charges against them even when they were not involved with the cartel.

"They just wanted to come to the United States for a better future, they are good people," he said.

45 comments:

  1. Fix your own damn country and stay outta mine. I dont wanna for pay for your sick relatives, we got our own problems. GTFO!

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    1. Funny fellow, your countries greed has destroyed all Latin America, but the day is coming , just around the corner where you guys have to pay every penny

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    2. Its ignorant to assume that people are traveling thousands of miles risking death, rape, kidnapping, torture, etc and paying big sums of money to come live of the system. There are so many lazy Americans here. Look up the stats, white people make up the largest group of people on welfare. I'd hire a group of Hispanics over anyone else, they get shit done and dont complain.

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    3. Why fix it when it's easier to come to the USA?

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    4. @8:34 dude you should have kept tabs on what kind of policies your government was/is supporting in these countries and maybe asked 'what will be the consequences from these policies'.

      Too busy drinking beer and watchin sports on TV I reckon!

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    5. shut up!! you are a nobody.it ain't your country!!

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    6. 6:19 the US has stolen the Venezuelan assets in the US,
      I doubt the US wants to become friends and return the venezuelan properties and lift the embargo even if Maduro goes to hell for good...
      Hugo Chavez has POWERS soo mighty he made the donal' (alias "Cool Arrow") the Unpresidented

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    7. @2:38 Wait, my "countries" greed? Lol. I only have one country, and that is the good ol' USofA, where I was born. You blame Latin american woes on us? Ha, I thought it was the Spanish? Make up your damn mind. It ain't my country making you fools throw trash out the bus windows. Clean up your own backyard and dont come here expecting me to pay respect to your "culture" cochinada.

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  2. Wait a second the Venezuelan paid $40,000 a person plus they had to carry drugs into USA. That is beyond comprehendion. Yet thier faces are shown, let's also show the faces of the smugglers.

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    1. Anybody with $40 000 dollars needs to have nothing do with the US, unless the financiera is the US or in the US, migrants are being used to discredit president Biden, i'd swear republican'ts are behind the migrations.

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  3. The CDS and CJNG are really the most powerful criminal organizations in the world!

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    1. No they are not. Try the Chinese and Russians

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    2. Russians are powerful for sure, but you think the chinese much more stronger and bigger than italian mafia?

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    3. Mexicans certainly have the most muscle, Chinese got the money and don’t get hunt down as much. Russians it’s a bit of both

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    4. The Chinese are absolutely much bigger and stronger than the Italian mafia. They’ve got their hands in everything. Their bootleg products alone bring in billions. Maybe even more than what most DTO’s bring in from drugs. They supply DTO’s with precursors for meth, Fentanyl mdma etc. Launder money at a price for other DTO’s etc etc...

      @11:57

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  4. Omega and Russo low profile asf

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    1. I wouldn't say that being in local news on the daily, or your exploits being discussed on internet blogs low profile. If anyone on the internet knows you even exist, you no longer qualify as lo pro, and def not asf. JMO

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  5. I never thought that chapitos would become so strong .. straight sindrela story

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    1. You must only read those little kids stories since your vocabulary is shit and are praising some hijos de Papi. Stay un school kid

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  6. With all respect Mx, didn’t you already report about this already?

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    1. Hi there. We did not, as far as I know. Someone shared a link to this story in the comments and that was it.

      Buggs and HEARST have covered several Mexicali incidents: Nicky's arrest and Los Salazar arrests/releases. I think you may be referring to this article, but it is a different story:

      http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2021/05/ruso-threatens-mexicali-authorities-for.html

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    2. I think you may be referring to this story where 11 Salazar members were arrested:

      http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2021/05/for-borderland-beat-authorities.html

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  7. How does anybody in Venezuela accumulate $40,000 US dollars?

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    1. I believe through remittances. But great question. I hope someone here replies with a more in-depth response.

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    2. The money is paid off in different ways. Either through a transfer of land ownership, by having their relatives in the States pay up front or by working off that 40K becoming slaves/mules for the cartels and basically doing whatever they're told to do. A few years ago when the Central american caravans were coming to the US border one after another, smugglers would take payment in the form of money or in the form of property. Hand over ownership of your property (land/house/car/etc.) and your trip is all paid for. And yes the cartels have ways of verifying all of this information.

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    3. They meant pesos

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    4. 1:39 - Sources clearly indicate US dollars.

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    5. They sometimes may actually save money for years.

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    6. @11:54 I doubt they earn $40k in a lifetime.

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    7. @11:12 I doubt you even know anyone from there and these pollos obviously had some money saved up in order to be smuggled to the northern México border. Think it through before you press publish

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  8. New commodity first from Brazil now these guys; their relatives in Miami can afford to pay they support the GOP.

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  9. The Venezuelanas in Peru are always fun

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  10. CDS still having its way with Tijuana as they have since Mayo beat the Arellanos out of their own plaza! Jajajaja!!

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    1. Esto pasó cercas de SLRC, nada que ver con TJ

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  11. So it’s safe to assume the municipals are under different faction/cartel payroll? Or these venezuelans pissed off somebody and got snitched on

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  12. Considering 50% of adults in America dont even have 1000 dollar in savings Venezuela cant be so bad if people got 40k laying around. Sounds like bullshit. Having been there many times in the last 10 years the place is beyond poor unless you belong to the half white "elite"

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    1. Mijo travel to Venezuela is restricted, with the termoil that is going on, nevertheless if it's true that you travel there, why in the hell would you go in the first place.

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    2. Prop money is about 10 dollars for a hundred pounds of 100 bills, crispy new.

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  13. I’m gonna call bullshit on $40,000 per head to have a chance to get in or get caught, absolute bullshit. Most Americans don’t have $20,000 sitting in their savings account.

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    1. I agree, I’d believe maybe 40,000 pesos. But Most people in Venezuela do not make even enough to afford that

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    2. There not Americans, there from Venezuela.

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    3. @6:40 if most US citizens don't have 20k saved up like you write it's because they spend more than they make, don't like to work and are lazy as fuck or live off the government because they feel like they're entitled.

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