Dhaka, Nov 02 (BAN/ AD): On Thursday Brazilian police jointly with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided and arrested members of a group allegedly involved in a large scheme of smuggling people into the United States.
The kingpin of the group is a Bangladeshi who went to Brazil 6 years ago and was living in Bras. The city is home to immigrants from around the world. Police have arrested 3 Brazilians also. The police also froze 42 bank accounts belonging to the group to finance their activities.
According to the United States Department of Justice, Al-Mamun used to bring people from from Southeast Asia in São Paulo and arranged for their travel through a network of smugglers operating in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
As per Police sources he and his group were smuggling into Brazil, and then to the United States, people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. People were taken on a long and dangerous trip through Central America all the way to the Mexican border, to cross into the United States.
The group used to charge around 50,000 reais ($12,524) for travel to the United States.