Smug­glers in­gested Mex­i­can car­tel cash, say Colom­bia po­lice af­ter ar­rests

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BOGOTA, (Reuters) - Colom­bia has ar­rested 27 peo­ple ac­cused of be­long­ing to four smug­gling net­works which re­cruited youths to swal­low drug traf­fick­ing cash prof­its and bring them into the South Amer­i­can coun­try from Mex­ico, the po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The money was wrapped in cap­sules made from la­tex gloves and con­sisted of funds from uniden­ti­fied Mex­i­can car­tels. The cash was in ex­change for co­caine sent by Colom­bian crime gangs, Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army (ELN) rebels and dis­si­dents from the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia (FARC), which de­mo­bi­lized last year.

The smug­gling net­works were bro­ken up with help from the U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agency, the po­lice said.

The net­works would re­cruit un­em­ployed and poor young peo­ple to travel to Mex­ico and then in­gest be­tween 80 and 120 cap­sules of money be­fore re­turn­ing to Colom­bia, said Gen­eral Jorge Her­nando Ni­eto, the head of the na­tional po­lice.

Ricky Chanker­dial

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