Guatemalan Woman Extradited To U.S. To Face Allegations Of Human Smuggling

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A woman from Guatemala has been extradited to the U.S. and accused of smuggling illegal immigrants through South and Central American and into the U.S.

According to the Justice Department, 35-year-old Rosa Umanzor-Lopez is accused of establishing a network — with three other individuals who have already been convicted and sentenced — to recruit people from India and elsewhere who wanted to be smuggled into the U.S.

“The defendants 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,” a Justice Department release explains.

Umanzor-Lopez is charged with a count of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the U.S., three counts of brining aliens into the U.S. for profit, and three counts of encouraging and inducing an alien to come to the U.S.

The Justice Department reiterated that all the charges are currently accusations and defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas and Director Sarah R. Saldaña of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced her extradition Friday after she appeared in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.