22 alleged document traffickers have been indicted
Members of a fraudulent document trafficking organization based in Mexico have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Richmond.
The organization was uncovered through an ongoing investigation called "Operation Phalanx."
McBride: The indictment charges this organization with being a highly-sophisticated, well-organized criminal enterprise which produced and sold high-quality fake IDs, consisting of Social Security cards, passports, green cards, those sorts of things, and targeted and sold them to illegal aliens.
US Attorney Neil McBride said the group was active in 19 cities in 11 states. Virginia experienced some of the cartel's use of violence to remove competition. A man was murdered in Virginia Beach and two people who were found selling illegal documents around here:
McBride: Lured them to a house, bound them with duct tape, beat them severely with a baseball bat, cut them with a knife.
The case, explained McBride, will be tried in Richmond Federal Court.
John Ogle, WCVE News