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Brazil police crack down on group sending Africans to US

Arrest warrants were served by federal agents in São Paulo

Published in 20/08/2019 - 14:40

By Daniel Mello São Paulo

Brazil’s Federal Police this morning (Aug 20) served three arrest warrants and six search and seizure orders in an operation targeting human smuggling in São Paulo city.

In a joint effort with US authorities, the crackdown, launched in July 2018, uncovered a scheme aimed at sending foreigners from São Paulo to the US. Intercepted e-mail and telephone conversations revealed that the group produced counterfeit Brazilian visas and passports in Eastern African countries.

People were taken to São Paulo, southeast Brazil, then sent to Acre, a Brazilian state in the north, to cross the border to Peru. From there, they would proceed north on land up to the US–Mexican border.

Among the immigrants said to have been sent to the US are two Somalis arrested by the US police over suspected terrorist.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira Edition: Maria Claudia / Nira Foster

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