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Dismantled in Ecuador an illegal immigration network to the United States

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Dismantled in Ecuador an illegal immigration network to the United

An illegal immigration network to the United States was dismantled this Wednesday in Ecuador with the arrest of six alleged “coyotes”as reported in a statement by the National Police of Ecuador.

The arrests took place in the Andean provinces of Cañar, located in the south of the country, and in the central Pichincha, whose capital is Quito, during an operation called “Impact 134″carried out in coordination with the Prosecutor’s Office after ten months of investigation.

During the investigations, the members of this organization were identified, who allegedly “they provided false documents and actively participated in the mobility of Ecuadorian citizens to the United States”according to the police statement.

Each person was allegedly charged between $14,000 and $17,000 for a life-threatening journey, the source added.

According to the police report, the alleged gang used three different routes to take people to US territory, in a journey that took approximately fifteen days.

In the first place, they departed from the international airports of Quito and Guayaquil to Central American countries such as Nicaragua, Belize, San Salvador and Panama, with the aim of reaching Mexico by land.

Once in Mexico, the migrants captured by this network had to walk “on highly dangerous trails” to enter the United States illegally, according to information collected by the Police.

In addition to the arrests, the authorities seized from the alleged coyotes two firearms, a laptop, twelve cell phones and different documents such as deeds, travel itineraries, checks and hotel reservations.

Around 100,000 Ecuadorians were detained or expelled from the United States for their irregular status in fiscal year 2021, according to data from the US Customs and Border Protection Office.

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