December 27, 2013
Eighteen Mexicans convicted on drug-trafficking charges after posing as television journalists while entering Nicaragua with $9.2 million were repatriated on Monday from the Central American nation.
Nicaraguan police transported the defendants, including a Mexican policeman, under tight security to Managua’s International Airport, where authorities turned them over to Mexican prosecutors and prison officials.
The members of the group will serve out their remaining jail time in Mexico and will not be able to make further legal appeals, the Mexican federal attorney general’s office said in a statement.
In August 2012, this group of 18 people was detained when they crossed the Nicaragua-Honduras border carrying $9.2 million in six vehicles with logos from Televisa, Mexico’s largest broadcaster.
Televisa denied any connection to the incident.
Three other Mexican citizens sentenced in Nicaragua for drug trafficking were also repatriated.
La Jornada del Oriente writes that the leader of the fake journalists, Raquel Alatorre Correa – who was transported to a Nayarit prison separate from the rest of the group, and under heavy guard – will share a cell in prison with the Queen of the Pacific, Sandra Ávila Beltrán.