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Migrant smuggling social media ‘influencers’ advertising illegal transport on TikTok

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There is no limit to the dangers of social media, and most notably, TikTok. “Coyotes” or cartel-linked human smugglers, “have been posting high-quality promotional videos, which show them escorting illegal migrants across rivers” reports Foreign Desk News.

Media reports are declaring the migrant smugglers social media “influencers” who advertise the illegal transportation of humans into the United States for over $10,000 per individual, according to the TikTok videos.

Foreign Desk News writes:

By using words on TikTok like “sueño americano” (“American dream”), “levanto” (“pick up”), and “inmigrantes” (“immigrants”), it revealed dozens more accounts of suspected coyotes.

Speaking to the New York Post, an alleged human smuggler said the charge for him to sneak a Mexican immigrant into the US was $10,500.

On YouTube, Soy Xulen, whose handle is @ELINMIGRANTEAVENTURERO, which means “the migrant adventurer,” had footage of smugglers in camouflage slipping illegal immigrants over the border.

Videos include the smugglers taking people, including children as young as 7 years old, on dusty paths to vehicles bound for the U.S., as well as in rafts crossing the Rio Grande. Of course, videos manipulate the process to not show any risks associated with the dangerous and costly trek. “For people who have that desire to know more about it. Here you find ADVENTURES OF AN IMMIGRANT. And the different ways of living in the USA,” read Xulen’s About Me page on his YouTube channel.

“These social media portrayals and pictures are sick,” said Lora Ries, director of the Border Security and Immigration Center at The Heritage Foundation.

“A smiling kid in a stash house? A woman hugging her smuggler? An ‘adventure’? The cartel smugglers are so brazen because there are no consequences,” Ries told The Foreign Desk.

 

 

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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