They capture 'La Mona', the mastermind of migrant smuggling from the border with Ecuador

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Alias ​​Walter was also captured and prosecuted, who allegedly picked up migrants in Necoclí (Antioquia) and coordinated their passage to Panama and other Central American countries< /h2>

They capture ‘La Mona’, the brain of migrant smuggling from the border with Ecuador

Among the probative material collected by the authorities is an interception of a call in which they negotiate the transport of 40 migrants, negotiating that for each one they would pay 160 dollars so that they arrive in Medellín. File photo. EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda

In the last few hours, the Attorney General's Office announced that after operations in Bello and Necoclí (Antioquia) they were captured alias < b>La Mona and aliases Walter, accused of being the main promoters of a criminal structure known as Andes, which, in the last year, has irregularly transferred migrants from Haiti, Cuba, China, Somalia, Nigeria, Angola, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, among other countries, from the border with Ecuador to the Gulf of Urabá, on its way to the United States.

“In Colombia, our prosecutors continue to act to obtain results, this is how I want to tell Colombians that two of the main promoters of a migrant smuggling network were captured and prosecuted, which during the last year has irregularly moved Haitian citizens. , Cuba and different countries in Africa and Asia, from the border with Ecuador to the coasts of the Gulf of Urabá, with the purpose that they cross the Darién Gap and, in addition, reach the United States (sic)”, said the attorney general of the Nation, Francisco Barbosa.

The detainees

Alias ​​La Mona, who goes by the name Joanna Andrea Herrera Jaramillo, It would be responsible for defining the collection points for migrants in Ipiales (Nariño), the means of transportation –generally private vehicles or public service buses– and the routes to move them around the country; as well as lodging, food and all the necessary aspects to guarantee that they reached Necoclí (Antioquia).

The evidence shows that this woman apparently exploited her underage son and linked him to some of the illegal activities she carried out.

They capture ‘La Mona’, the mastermind of migrant smuggling from the border with Ecuador

Alias ​​La Mona was charged with the crime of using minors to commit crimes.Photo: Attorney General's Office.

The other captured is Walter Castro Siolo, alias Walter, allegedly in charge of receiving the migrants in Urabá and coordinating the transfer to Capurganá and other coastal points of Acandí (Chocó) to embark them on boats bound for Central America or cross the so-called Darién Gap to Panama.

They capture ‘La Mona’, the mastermind of migrant smuggling from the border with Ecuador

Photo: Attorney General's Office.

In the course of the investigation, five different events were detected in which the authorities intercepted vehicles traveling with groups of 7, 12 and up to 40 migrants.

After the capture, according to the information from the Prosecutor's Office, a prosecutor from the Specialized Directorate against Human Rights Violations charged the two indicated promoters of the criminal network 'Andes' with the crimes of migrant trafficking and conspiracy to commit a crime. . Additionally, alias La Mona was charged with the crime of using minors to commit crimes.

Prosecutor Barbosa finally announced that the two defendants were ordered to deprive themselves of liberty in a prison.

The evidence

Okay point out that the capture of alias La Mona and alias Walter was possible thanks to the joint work of the Dijín of the National Police and the CTI of the Prosecutor's Office, which with the support of the United States Immigration and Customs Control Service and the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors.

“This investigation had the support, in Colombia, of Dijín, a work between Dijín and CTI, which allowed us to obtain abundant probative material to charge the crimes of migrant smuggling and conspiracy for these two individuals,” warned prosecutor Barbosa.

Within the probative material collected by the authorities, and to which the Attorney General of the Nation refers, there is an interception of a call in which they negotiate the transport of 40 migrants, negotiating that for each one they would pay 160 dollars so that they arrive to Medellin. The recording is played below:

Hey, how are you going to charge me then?

But what?

How so what? From Ipiales…

?

As long as they get to Medellin…

That is, can I transfer them through Cali?

No, through Cali No, because I need the other bus to pick them up. I need only one bus for them, not two or three.

Oh well, then I have to transfer the 42 to them in Neiva and from there they take them for… 40, the trip is 40, right?

It's 40, yes.

Transfer them in… in what… in Neiva, that there if the Cootranshuila arrives directly to Medellín and tells you where to leave them.

Exactly, that I tell him, he's going to leave them for me in that side and leave them there, and not that he's going to cause me any trouble.

No, no, no, no, it's time to square it well spoken. If the man says yes, take them, otherwise I'll look for another.

Exact. Look, I'm going to go up for them tonight, so I have them here in Ipiales tomorrow before noon.

Are you in Pasto?

No, I'm already here in Ipiales. I have to go to the other to look for them, to pick them up. They're on their way, so like I told you, I'll have them here before noon tomorrow. What do I need, that the bus is in the parking lot that I am nothing but to arrive with them straight to the parking lot to ride them. If you undestand me? That's how I need it.

40? How much will you give me?

I'm honest, I have several offers, but I like working with you. I have offers up to 140 (one thousand pesos), but obviously I do know that this is a gift and that you do not give them, I know that and I am very aware. I can pay you the maximum, my love, at 160.

160 dollars per passenger?

Yes.

40?

Yes, if I can find out more, I'll let you know.