Human trafficking and Migrant smuggling
Officers from the Department of Homeland Security are working with Colombian National Police to intercept human smugglers
In between the Colombia and Panama border before they can lead migrants north.
In Colombia, migration without documentation is not illegal but it is illegal to exploit migrants by charging them to make the journey out of Colombia. Over the last fiscal year, there have been over 42 arrests of alleged human smugglers and 210 suspects in narcotics-related crimes.
HSI and local law enforcement also seized over 16,400 pounds of cocaine in Colombia.
NBC News embedded with Homeland Security Investigations in Colombia as it teamed with local law enforcement to arrest the alleged leaders of an international smuggling network.