Ofelia Hernandez-Salas headed a transnational smuggling network, U.S prosecutors allege. She was extradited from Mexico this week.
Bimini, which is just over 50 miles from the Florida coast, is at the heart of the flow of undocumented migrants.
Families ask if human traffickers were behind the killings of two men and a teen who were all from the same Mexican town.
The Marines were young, low-paid, and clean-cut, making them “ideal” recruits to smuggle migrants for cash.
A Florida man has been charged with human smuggling and is awaiting his next court appearance, while authorities in Canada and the US continue to investigate.
With Facebook ads and a WhatsApp business account, smuggling networks are promising pregnant women and mothers swift entry into the U.S.
The wave of migration at the border is a boon for kidnappers, human smugglers, and the American businesses that handle their money.
Despite the costs and resistance from the police, Christel opened her family home to those in need.
Evidence suggests corruption and police complicity led to the escape of a notorious smuggler accused of transporting, extorting, and imprisoning thousands of migrants.
Members of the group were suffering from hypothermia and called 911.
Paul Petersen allegedly recruited pregnant women from the Marshall Islands and matched them with adoptive families.
"This is an absolute tragedy, and a very sad day," said Pippa Mills, deputy chief constable of Essex Police.