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Smuggling ring used black drivers to avoid racial profiling
Los Angeles Times ^ | February 3, 2012 | Victoria Kim

Posted on 02/02/2012 9:04:30 PM PST by moonshinner_09

Five people are charged in a plot to employ African Americans from Compton to avert suspicion when bringing illegal immigrants across the border. In the calculus of cross-border human smuggling, Maria Lopez-Diaz allegedly concluded that black instead of brown equals green.

The 60-year-old Compton woman, prosecutors say, tried to cash in on racial profiling by operating a human smuggling ring that hired mostly African American drivers who didn't speak a word of Spanish to ferry small groups of immigrants from Mexico to Los Angeles.

In the end, the venture failed. Authorities announced charges Thursday against Lopez-Diaz and four others, including conspiracy and transporting and harboring illegal immigrants. Lopez-Diaz, two family members and a driver were arrested by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol.

A second driver facing a conspiracy charge, 32-year-old Yvette "Hazel" Binford, remains at large.

Authorities said the group's approach was the latest innovation they have seen in the evolving trade of sneaking illegal immigrants into the United States.

"It's absolutely true that most of the people involved in transporting human smuggling networks are Hispanics, by virtue of the fact that most customers are Hispanics," said ICE Special Agent in Charge Claude Arnold. "This organization thought, 'What if we recruited those who attract less attention from law enforcement?' Obviously they were wrong."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; blackcrime; bordersmuggling; borderwars; ca; corruption; culturewars; fraud; holderspeople; illegalaliens; immigration; shadowwars; smugglers; smugglingillegals; threatmatrix
Check out the pic of the illegal in Engine Compartment , LOl. Mexicans always have thousands for smugglers but claim to be a meal away from dying
1 posted on 02/02/2012 9:04:39 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

It sounds more like the ICE agent was wrong. It wasn’t specifically the black drivers that exposed the smuggling ring. It was, however, the pattern that led ICE to that particular ring. Had the ring been better-organized, the scam would have worked as intended. It would be interesting to know how many of their carloads were ignored by LEOs due to the black driver once they made it past the border.


2 posted on 02/02/2012 9:13:53 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Doesn’t this prove that it is proper law enforcement techniques and not racial profiling, that sheriff Joe and his deputies (and Border Patrol) employ?


3 posted on 02/02/2012 9:14:55 PM PST by montag813
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To: moonshinner_09

>> In the end, the venture failed.

Drivers never showed up for work?


4 posted on 02/02/2012 9:16:46 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: moonshinner_09

That’s not an illegal in there, that’s a bald white dude posing in the compartment. Must have been the newb, can’t imagine volunteering to do it. :p


5 posted on 02/02/2012 9:21:26 PM PST by Irenic
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To: Little Pig

I’ve yet to see a strong logical argument against profiling.

It’s worked well for the Israelis, from what I gather.


6 posted on 02/02/2012 9:32:18 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: moonshinner_09

This is the money quote:

“There were two layers of exploitation here, one of the aliens in the trunks coming up to Los Angeles, and then of the drivers they used,” said U.S. Assistant Atty. Rupa Goswami, the federal prosecutor in the case.

It turns out that the VICTIMS of exploitation include the customers and perpetrators! Those poor Mexicans entering the country illegally AND the poor exploited drivers who brought them in.

Fancy that. I have a different idea who the victims were...

Kit.


7 posted on 02/02/2012 9:38:51 PM PST by KitJ (Shall not be infringed)
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To: Irenic
That’s not an illegal in there, that’s a bald white dude posing in the compartment.

Whatever.

8 posted on 02/02/2012 9:46:00 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: montag813

I think it proves only that proper law enforcement techniques worked here.

This case offers no evidence to disprove that X% of cars driven by “brown” drivers are smuggling illegals, or whether they are or are not the most likely color of driver to be smuggling illegals.


9 posted on 02/02/2012 9:52:53 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: cynwoody

Yep, whatever...


10 posted on 02/02/2012 10:45:16 PM PST by Irenic
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To: moonshinner_09; afnamvet; TheOldLady; BuckeyeTexan; Glenn; Cheerio; fuzzthatwuz; Cap Huff; ...
Oi Vey.


11 posted on 02/02/2012 10:48:05 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: moonshinner_09


12 posted on 02/03/2012 3:49:54 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Little Pig

What probably happened was that the black drivers got racially profiled for drug running, the cops made all the Mexicans get out of the vehicle, searched it for drugs and finding none, let all the Mexicans get back in and drive off.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 4:19:48 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: moonshinner_09
A careful reading of the article sounds like they caught these guys not by profiling, but just serendipity. They noticed a pattern after a series of apparently random inspections.

the ringleaders charged the [illegal] immigrants up to $4,000 a person for the ride north

Also, how are penniless illegal immigrants coming up with $4000? That's got to be near a years income for them.

14 posted on 02/03/2012 5:10:47 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
Also, how are penniless illegal immigrants coming up with $4000? That's got to be near a years income for them.

The smugglers require payment from future wages.

If they don't pay up, the smugglers threaten the family members left behind.

15 posted on 02/03/2012 6:20:13 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Nervous Tick

That’s harsh dude...


16 posted on 02/03/2012 6:24:46 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: 1010RD

Remittences from family and “loan” from the smugglers.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 6:28:44 AM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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To: justlurking

That doesn’t make sense. Are you saying the smugglers don’t get paid upfront?


18 posted on 02/03/2012 6:31:11 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ReagansShinyHair

How do the smugglers track an illegal alien? Once gone they could be working anywhere as anyone.


19 posted on 02/03/2012 6:52:14 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: moonshinner_09

“Check out the pic of the illegal in Engine Compartment , LOl”

They must have been inspired by the Trunk Monkey commercials.


20 posted on 02/03/2012 7:09:49 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: 1010RD
Are you saying the smugglers don’t get paid upfront?

That's correct. They may require a deposit, but the rest is effectively indentured servitude.

Asian gangs do the same thing, except they smuggle women to work in the "massage parlors".

21 posted on 02/03/2012 7:17:27 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: 1010RD
How do the smugglers track an illegal alien? Once gone they could be working anywhere as anyone.

You missed the second part of my posting.

They don't track the person they smuggled into the US. They track his family back in Mexico (or Guatemala, or El Salvador, etc.).

If they don't get paid, the family pays the price.

22 posted on 02/03/2012 7:19:28 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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Ping!

Click the keyword Aliens to see more illegal alien, border security, and other related threads.

23 posted on 02/03/2012 8:40:44 AM PST by HiJinx (I can (still) see Mexico from my back porch.)
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To: 1010RD

They have networks set up so that they know the employers or they know who the person is living with. They also take advantage of the fact that their customers are basically illiterate, uneducated farm people who don’t know anything about the US. And, as someone else mentioned, they resort to the simple tactic of threatening to hurt their family members in the home country.


24 posted on 02/03/2012 3:56:05 PM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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To: 1010RD

Some do allow credit- but it is like owing Tony Soprano, not a good idea to default, the illegal or their family will be kidnapped/murdered. Most smugglers hold the illegals in a house until family that is already here pays the cost of the trip. Many also pay their way by smuggling in drugs.


25 posted on 02/04/2012 7:07:40 AM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: 1010RD

Few are given credit, most of the time the illegal pays their way by smuggling in drugs or family that is already here pay. If credit is given and the smuggler loses track of the illegal you can bet they know where to find family members to kidnap/torture/murder in case of default.


26 posted on 02/04/2012 7:11:17 AM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: justlurking
They don't track the person they smuggled into the US. They track his family back in Mexico (or Guatemala, or El Salvador, etc.).

Or if the illegal has family here, they have no qualms about going after the family here either. One of the causes of the crime rate surrounding illegal communities- especially kidnapping, etc.

27 posted on 02/04/2012 7:14:35 AM PST by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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