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Bangladeshi sentenced in US for human smuggling conspiracy

He conspired with and assisted human smugglers operating out of Bangladesh, South and Central America, and Mexico

Update : 29 Sep 2021, 08:30 PM

A Bangladesh national was sentenced to 46 months in prison on Tuesday for his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented individuals from Mexico into the United States.

 The convict is Mohamad Milon Hossain, 41, formerly residing in Tapachula, Mexico.

 Citing court documents, the US Department of Justice says that between March 2017 and June 2019, Hossain conspired with and assisted human smugglers operating out of Bangladesh, South and Central America, and Mexico to bring numerous undocumented individuals to the US border in exchange for payment. 

 Hossain operated out of Tapachula, where he maintained a hotel that housed the individuals on their way to the US. 

 He provided plane tickets and other assistance for the individuals to travel from Tapachula to Monterrey, Mexico, where co-conspirator Moktar Hossain assisted their illegal crossing into the US.

 “This human smuggling conspiracy operated on a global scale and endangered the lives of Bangladeshi migrants,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A Polite Jr of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. 

 “The Justice Department will continue working with our law enforcement partners here and abroad to bring human smugglers like Hossain to justice and to disrupt these criminal networks that unlawfully bring migrants from across the world into the United States.”

 Acting Assistant US Attorney Jennifer B Lowery of the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) said: “This criminal placed profit before life.”

 She added: “Human smugglers like Hossain often put migrants in dangerous situations, many leading to serious injury and even death. The SDTX is no stranger to this issue and will fervently pursue the battle, holding accountable not only the transporters, but any individuals who provided assistance along the way.”

 Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden of HSI San Antonio said: “Today’s sentencing is a great example of how Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) uses its worldwide resources and interagency partnerships to bring international criminals like Mohamad Milon Hossain to justice in the United States.

 “Hossain was a key facilitator and smuggler of Bangladeshi nationals and his actions put our national security at risk. HSI is committed to working with its domestic and international partners to combat this type of crime throughout the globe.”

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