La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, January 8, 2022, p. twenty

Bogota Colombian authorities, in collaboration with the United States, captured 11 people for migrant smuggling in the city of Pasto (southwest), capital of the department of Nariño, and seized 32 assets of the criminal group, the government reported on Friday.

The National Police, in coordination with the United States Immigration and Customs Control Service (ICE, for its acronym in English) and the Attorney General’s Office, in the development of the Turpiales operation, managed to capture 11 members of an international criminal organization dedicated to migrant smuggling, in the city of Pasto (Nariño), the entity reported.

Last year, undocumented migrants entered Colombia through Nariño, a department on the border with Ecuador, to continue their route to the United States.

To do this, they had to leave from there to the city of Medellín and later, Necoclí, in northwestern Colombia, to take a boat to the entry point of the dangerous Darién Gap jungle, bordering Panama.

They seize assets for 17 million dollars

This unprecedented investigation allowed the identification of movable and immovable property, which were subject to the precautionary measures of embargo, seizure and suspension of the device power, which add up to 32, with a commercial appraisal of more than about 17 million dollars, added the text.

Those involved in the network of trafficking and transfer of undocumented people cheated people in mobility and left them without financial resources to continue the trip, according to audios sent by the entity; allegedly, the confiscated property was purchased with that money.