Report breaks down smugglers' $6.6 billion business - Tucson News Now

Report breaks down smugglers' $6.6 billion business

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Drug cartels sneaking migrants into the United States is a $6.6 billion business, according to officials.

The report, originally obtained by Fox News, breaks down the numbers.

The report from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Border Security Operations Center, a Texas state agency, says drug cartels charge anywhere from $250 to $1,500 to smuggle in the migrant, depending on whether they’re from Mexico, Central America, Europe or Asia.

Then, add in at least $230 to pay off the Mexican police to let the migrants cross the border, and up to $40 more to free a detained migrant.

They say the total is almost $4,000 for each migrant when including the costs of a guide, lodging and other fees.

See the full report here: http://public.media.foxnews.com/20140730151121_2.pdf.

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