Federal Police investigate smuggling of Brazilians overseas

A group charged to send Brazilians to Mexico and then the US

Published in 17/06/2021 - 14:06 By Pedro Peduzzi - Brasília

The Federal Police today (Jun. 17) launched Operation Le Mans, aimed at “bringing an end to criminal association activities directed at the smuggling of migrants.” According to the investigators, the crackdown has arrested some of the people responsible for the transport of migrants in national territory and payments to keep the criminal ring operational.

In a note, the police report that investigations have found that 14 Brazilians have been sent to Mexico, where they still await instructions on crossing the US border. Another seven Brazilian nationals are believed to be in São Paulo, where they wait for guidance from ring members to migrate abroad.

“The investigations continue, in order to locate the victims who are still in Mexico and those who have not left Brazilian territory. Helping Brazilians enter a foreign country illegally in order to obtain economic advantages is a crime punished by up to five years in jail,” the police declared.

Two search and seizure and two preventive arrest orders issued by the 35th Federal Court are being served in the municipalities of São Joaquim de Bicas and Abre Campo, in Minas Gerais state.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira -  Edition: Denise Griesinger / Nira Foster

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