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Drug cartels are shifting their focus to a much more lucrative business: Human smuggling. So far, millions of dollars have been made off the mass migration of Central Americans.
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00:03 Influx of Central American families created a humanitarian. Crisis on
00:08 the border this summer. But also increased profits for criminal organizations.
00:13 Cartels have made millions off the mass migration. We as human
00:18 smuggling. You know that they dilute the product and I hate
00:22 to Wear it this week but it's what it is a
00:24 commodity the product is humans. And the humans the humans that
00:27 the that the actual product comes with a mind. Homeland Security
00:31 investigations targeted that cache and the smugglers. Seizing more than 800000.
00:36 Dollars and arresting more than 360. People so far under operation
00:41 for -- to. Thanking them and -- that he had seen
00:45 at the same time the federal government launched a campaign in
00:48 Central America to warn migrants. Not to put their lives in
00:53 the hands of ruthless criminals who control lucrative smuggling corridors. Key
00:58 operatives of the Gulf Cartel who before. We had. Only intelligence
01:03 is and then running narcotics are now. You know actively involved
01:07 in human smuggling human trafficking to the point where the they've
01:11 all but abandoned their drug smuggling activity. It's in some ways
01:15 human smuggling is more profitable consider what happens little photo of
01:20 drugs is -- here on the border. It's gone for good
01:23 a total loss for the cartel. But when it comes to
01:26 humans every candidate they're usually deported and off and try again.
01:33 Tighter border enforcement is likely to increase the fees cartels charge
01:37 those migrants. -- get them across the border.