Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NJ: Six charged in international alien smuggling conspiracy

NJ: Six charged in international alien smuggling conspiracy...Hundreds of aliens from Brazil and India smuggled into the U.S. via Mexico and Caribbean...from January 2008 through June 2011, the defendants conspired with each other and others to bring aliens into the U.S. illegally as part of an elaborate for-profit smuggling scheme that involved co-conspirators in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas and elsewhere. As s part of the scheme, the defendants arranged, facilitated and monitored the travel of customers along two primary smuggling routes – the first of which included travel through Central America and across the international border between Mexico and the U.S. The second route included travel through St. Maarten, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico...the defendants charged their smuggled customers from $13,000 to more than $25,000, depending on the route the customer used and whether the customer paid in advance or in installments after arriving in the U.S..

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