Headlines From Our Twitter Feed

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Police Officer Arrested For Migrant Smuggling

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

United States Magistrate Judge Bruce J. McGiverin authorized a criminal
complaint charging San Juan Municipal police officer Luz Zoraida Rojas-
Delgado with one count of human smuggling, announced United States
Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. Immigration and Customs Enfor-
cement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) is in charge of the 

According to the information contained in the affidavit submitted in support 
of the criminal complaint, on August 24, 2015, Rojas-Delgado established 
communication with a Source of Information requesting assistance  to smu-
ggle a friend from Antigua to Puerto Rico. Rojas-Delgado had previously 
engaged in communications with other people in an attempt to make a deal 
for the venture but did not agree with the price of $3,000 established by the 
alleged smuggler.

The investigation conducted by the ICE-HSI revealed that on August 25,
2015, Rojas-Delgado agreed with an undercover agent, who she believed 
was a smuggler, to bring her Dominican friend from Antigua for $2,800. 
On August 28, 2015, the defendant met with the undercover agent and af-
ter paying $1,800 for the smuggling, she was arrested.

The investigation also revealed that Rojas-Delgado stated that she was wor-
king on building a case against transporters to later turn it over to pertinent 
agencies. HSI special agents were able to confirm with the San Juan Muni-
cipal Police that Rojas-Delgado was not working on any authorized opera-
tion at the time of her arrest.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Erbe.
If convicted defendant faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. A cri-
minal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defen-
dant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

No comments:

Post a Comment