Two residents of Pérez Zeledón face eight years of imprisonment. They planned illegal transport of persons. Victims were charged ¢4 million to get into the United States illegally.
The sentence was pronounced in the Criminal Court of Pérez Zeledón on Friday. They are in preventive detention for six months while the sentence becomes final. They were found guilty of two crimes of illicit trafficking of migrants. There are jail terms for those who “promote, plan, coordinate or execute the illegal traffic of national migrants.”
The plan was to take two Costa Ricans illegally to the United States. This occured in 2016. They visited the houses of victims to explain the trip, cost, and even offered to mortgage the house as a way of payment. They processed the travel documents and provided transportation and a hotel. The group was found by authorities in Cancún, Mexico and returned to Costa Rica.
The Migration Police work to prevent nationals from being exposed to this type of activity that puts their freedom, security and lives at risk.