A transnational cell devoted to human trafficking and money laundering was dismantled in Guatemala, a spokesman for the National Civil Police, PNC, said on Wednesday.
The arrest was carried out in the departments of Jutiapa and San Marcos. A total of nine people were detained by the Attorney General's Office, according to media reports.
In June 2016, Guatemala’s Special Investigation Unit, UEI, and police authorities from Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador began a tactical operation against the illegal organization, which the arrested individuals were members of.
The main international group in the transnational organization is composed of around 25 people and operatives from Brasilia, Panama City, San Jose, Managua, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador, Mexico City and several U.S. cities.
UEI said they charged up to US$25,000 for moving people to the United States. Guatemala is used as a crossing point by undocumented migrants who go to Mexico and then to the United States.
Prensa Libre said the investigation found that the money from human trafficking was originated in Asia and in Latin America, sent and received using the national bank system by means of remittances.
The group was devoted to operations with assets mainly in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South America.
In the places where the cell was dismantled, the organization is the proprietor of hotels and houses in which they accommodate and feed migrants, according to Guatemalan authorities.