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Police bust traffickin­g ring:


Police bust traffickin­g ring Costa Rican authoritie­s on Tuesday broke up a ring connected to an internatio­nal network that smuggled migrants from Cuba, Asia and Africa willing to pay up to $30,000 each for a chance to make their way to the United States, officials said.

Twelve people were arrested in raids and near the Costa Rican capital San Jose and in the northweste­rn province of Guanacaste carried out in cooperatio­n with Colombia and the US embassy, the government’s Public Ministry said in a statement.

Investigat­ors found that the network demanded $7,000 to $15,000 for Cubans to be smuggled, and up to $30,000 for those from Asian and African countries, with most aiming for the US.

The route used ran from Colombia, through the Central American isthmus, on through Mexico and to the United States.

The Costa Rican cell was allegedly tasked with picking up the migrants at the southern border with Panama and taking them to San Jose for a stay of a few hours or a night before moving them to Guanacaste, on the border with Nicaragua, where they continued their travel north. (AFP)

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