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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Former Mexican Federal Police Officer Sentenced to 9 Years for Human Smuggling

 "MX" for Borderland Beat

Former Mexican Federal Police offer Erick Ojeda Mendiga (right) was sentenced alongside human smuggler Carlos Albertos Sandoval Vazquez (left).

Former Mexican Federal Police officer Erick Ojeda Mendiga was sentenced to 9 years in prison yesterday for human smuggling. This information was confirmed by Mexico's Attorney General's Office (FGR) after their prosecution team was able to convince a federal judge to hand over a sentence. The ex-police officer was accused of smuggling 13 Salvadoran nationals, including six children, into Mexico. He was an active member of the police when he committed the crime.

Ojeda Mendiga worked alongside Carlos Albertos Sandoval Vázquez, who was also sentenced yesterday. Both men will have to pay a MXN$505,800 fine (approximately US$22,600) and will serve their sentence at the Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 9, a maximum-security prison in the state of Oaxaca.

Both men were arrested several years ago in the municipality of Santa Maria Tecomavaca, Oaxaca. Oaxaca is an important human smuggling corridor for numerous Central American migrants heading to the U.S. They often enter Mexico through the neighboring state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.

According to calculations by the Migration Policy Unit (Spanish: Unidad de Política Migratoria) of the Ministry of Interior, human smugglers charge up to US$5,600 for Central Americans heading to the U.S. Migrants are often victims of abuse, extortion, kidnapping, rape and multiple other forms of violence from both organized crime groups and corrupt officials throughout their journey.

Sources: Milenio; El Debate


  1. FYI: Per Mexican law, the media and the government are not allowed to published unblurred pictures of *suspected* criminals. The picture above was taken when both men where arrested and had their mug shots taken (prior to sentencing).

    As they are no longer presumed innocent, one can request an unblurred picture of them today. I was unable to get one by press time since I would have to submit a petition to Mexico's Attorney General's Office.

    1. Is that a pic of ramon arellano?

    2. Dr. MX from what I have learned, even when they are presumed guilty, they still have thier eyes covered, also when they are convicted their eyes are covered.
      In US one is found are published including names.

    3. Casimiro Espinosa Campos, AKA El Cacho.

  2. Hi MX, have enjoyed your past attention to detail. Pretty sure it's better not seeing these two mongrels.

    Canadian girl💋

  3. I hope your books are less full of shit than your reports, sincerely...


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