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Guatemalan woman extradited for smuggling migrants from India

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

A Guatemalan woman was produced in a US federal court in Texas, after being extradited from Guatemala to face criminal charges for her role in smuggling undocumented migrants from India.

Rosa Umanzor-Lopez, 35, was arrested in Guatemala on February 5, 2014, on a provisional arrest warrant based on a superseding indictment filed in Southern District of Texas in December 2012.

The indictment alleges that Umanzor-Lopez and her co-defendants established a network to recruit individuals from India and elsewhere who wished to be smuggled into the United States.

Umanzor-Lopez then allegedly arranged for aliens to be transported to the United States through South America and Central America by various means including by air travel, automobiles, water craft and foot.

The indictment charges her with one count of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the United States, three counts of bringing aliens to the US for financial gain and three corresponding counts of encouraging and inducing an alien to come to the United States.

Three individuals also charged in the indictment have previously been convicted and sentenced, a media release said.

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First Published: Sat, April 25 2015. 09:42 IST