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Officials: Child among immigrants killed by smugglers in Tampico

Central Americans move through Mexico on their way to the United States // File Photo

A series of raids ended with Mexican authorities investigating a human smuggling ring allegedly responsible for kidnapping Central American immigrants, raping women and killing a man, woman and a child.

Tamaulipas state officials confirmed that three different raids by federal police in Tampico and Reynosa ended with 165 immigrants being rescued and four people being put behind bars.

Investigators confirmed that the first raid happened on Wednesday in the Colonia Vista Hermosa in Tampico where authorities found 36 immigrants being held against their will.

Authorities arrested three armed men identified as:

Christian Del Angel-Ponce Julio Cesar Cruz-Gonzalez Julio Hilario Hernandez-Romero

The three men lead authorities to another stash house across town in the Colonia Petrolera where authorities rescued another 122 immigrants.

Investigators reported that the majority of the immigrants were from Honduras, Cuba and El Salvador.

Authorities confirmed that the immigrants had been held against their will for at least 15 days with many of them beaten and the women being raped.

Officials confirmed that a couple and a child had been killed by the smugglers but the cause of their death has not been released.

Authorities are not releasing the names of those killed but confirmed that they were all foreign nationals.

Tamaulipas officials confirmed that a third raid took place later that same day at a hotel in downtown Reynosa where authorities rescued seven Honduran immigrants.

Investigators confirmed that two of the immigrants were children and that the group had been held against their will at the hotel for a least 20 days.

Authorities arrested hotel manager Miguel Sanchez-Ribera in connection to the raid at the hotel.

Tamaulipas officials reported that the rescued immigrants have been turned over to federal immigration officials for support services and to be returned to the home countries and families.

COMUNICADO DEL GRUPO DE COORDINACION TAMAULIPAS

CD. VICTORIA, Tamaulipas.- El Grupo de Coordinacin Tamaulipas informa que la Polica Estatal Acreditable, en coordinacin estrecha con los tres rdenes de gobierno, rescat en tres operativos a 165 migrantes que se encontraban privados de su libertad y lograron la detencin de tres presuntos integrantes de una banda de secuestradores que han sido sealados como probables responsables de la muerte de tres extranjeros.

Dos de los operativos se realizaron este mircoles 9 de julio en el municipio de Tampico gracias a una denuncia annima que llev a los policas estatales acreditables en una primera accin, a un domicilio ubicado en la Colonia Vista Hermosa, donde rescataron a 36 migrantes y detuvieron a tres probables secuestradores, quienes revelaron otro domicilio en la Colonia Petrolera, donde haba 122 migrantes ms.

Los migrantes, la mayora de Honduras, Cuba y El Salvador, manifestaron que tenan ms de 15 das privados de su libertad, que eran golpeados y las mujeres abusadas, adems de que observaron cuando los integrantes de la banda privaron de la vida a una pareja y un nio, dando parte a la Procuradura General de la Repblica (PGR) sobre los hechos para continuar con las investigaciones.

Los detenidos fueron identificados como Christian del Angel Ponce, Julio Csar Cruz Gonzlez y Julio Hilario Hernndez Romero, a quienes se les aseguraron dos pistolas automticas con las que agredieron a los policas estatales, aunque sin consecuencias graves.

El tercer operativo se realiz en el municipio de Reynosa, donde elementos de la Polica Estatal Acreditable y Polica Federal rescataron a siete migrantes originarios de Honduras, entre ellos dos menores de edad, quienes tenan ms de 20 das privados de su libertad en un hotel ubicado en el sector centro de esa ciudad fronteriza.

Al atender una denuncia annima, las fuerzas de seguridad estatales y federales implementaron un operativo en el que fue detenido Miguel Snchez Ribera, originario de Veracruz y encargado del hotel.

En ambos casos, los migrantes rescatados son atendidos por el Instituto Nacional de Migracin (INM), para brindarles todo el apoyo y lograr una comunicacin inmediata con autoridades de su pas y con sus familias, al haber sido vctimas de un ilcito.

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