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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Two Guatemalans plead guilty to migrant trafficking in the US

The US Justice Department reported Friday that two Guatemalans pleaded guilty to human trafficking, which led to the death of a migrant in the United States in 2021.

In May 2021, the body of a young Guatemalan indigenous woman was discovered in a remote area outside Odessa in Texas (South). Apart from the victim, inside the truck were more migrants who had entered the country illegally, detailed ledger books and more than 100 cell phones.

In August of the same year, 26-year-old Armando Gail Galicia and 22-year-old Jose Diego Tercero González were arrested in Texas, where they lived.

The two pleaded guilty in Texas federal court to “conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens for profit, resulting in death,” the Justice Department said in a statement.

He faces life imprisonment.

The respondents admitted to be responsible for the transportation of the deceased migrant.

The operation was carried out by the Alpha Joint Task Force, created in June 2021 to combat the increasing smuggling of migrants from Central America. Since then he has arrested more than 100 people.

In the statement, the Justice Department describes the cooperation of the Guatemalan security forces in the operation as “fundamental”.

The investigation relates to the arrest of four people in Guatemala in August this year.

He has been accused of facilitating the travel of many migrants from Guatemala to the United States, charging them between $10,000 and $12,000. He is also believed to be responsible for the deaths of an indigenous Guatemalan woman taken by Gael Galicia and Tercero González.

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