Mexican drug traffickers pose as Journalists use television company vehicles as disguise.
A judge in the Central American country of Nicaragua on Friday gave 30-year prison terms to 18 Mexicans as these Drug traffickers pose as Journalists.
They were found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime.
The criminal were caught crossing from Nicaragua into Honduras with $9.2 million, stored in six vehicles carrying logos of Mexico’s biggest broadcaster Televisa.
The media giant has denied any links to the group.
The 18 fake journalists were arrested in August near Nicaragua’s northern border with Honduras in six vans bearing logos like those used by Mexican television giant Televisa.
They gave inconsistent information to the officers about what they were there to cover in the country and were held while police investigated whether they were reporters.
Four days later, officers found gym bags stuffed with bundles of cash stashed in compartments inside the vehicles.
Televisa said it did not employ any of the 18 and the vans didn’t belong to the company’s fleet. But one witness during the nine-day trial in December said Alatorre showed documents supposedly signed by the company’s vice president for newscasts, Amador Narcia.
Authorities are still studying the documents and a signature by Narcia sent by the Mexican government to determine whether the signatures are authentic.
Mexican drug cartels often use Central America as a bridge to shuttle drugs from South America.
The region is increasingly being used for field operations and storage, resulting in a wave of violence.