Mexican Cartels Ramp Up Human Smuggling

EL PASO (August 31, 2014) Mexican Cartels are profiting increasingly from human trafficking because of to the surge of Central American migrants seeking to cross into the U.S., an intelligence official says.

Oscar Hagelsieb, the assistant special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso, said the cartels have "clamped their claws" into human smuggling, though they haven't abandoned drug smuggling.

He says U.S. authorities have identified the Gulf and other cartels heavily involved in smuggling in the region.

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson recently announced that more than 360 smugglers have been arrested and $800,000 in illicit payments seized.


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