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Salvadoran TV host accused of laundering money for international drug smuggling ring

February 9, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Salvadoran TV host accused of laundering money for international drug smuggling ring

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Pamela Posada, a glamorous Salvadoran TV host, who was taken into custody on Monday as part of a police raid, maintains she was not part of an international smuggling organization associated with the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel.

Law enforcement officials in the Central American country said Pamela Posada, whose actual name is Claudia Marcela Martinez-Posada, was one of 26 arrested on Monday on suspicion that they assisted in smuggling cocaine from Ecuador into Central America and the U.S.

Twenty-four of the arrested are fishermen, and police also confiscated 14 boats and ten outboard motors, the Daily Mail reported.

Posada is accused of helping a drug gang by laundering money through two beauty product businesses.

The group reportedly smuggled up to 500kg of cocaine every week from Ecuador to Guatemala.

Posada is a 26-year-old hosted a youth program in El Salvador and a show on Radio Urbana

Justice and Public Safety Minister Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde said that the fishermen were tasked with providing fuel, food, and shelter to smugglers transporting drug shipments from South America to Guatemala for the Sinaloa cartel.

Once the drugs got to Guatemala, they continued by land through Mexico and into the U.S.

Howard Cotto, the National Civil Police director, said in an interview that the fishermen also warned smugglers of movements made by Salvadoran authorities.

Pamela Posada, who hosted a youth program in El Salvador and a show on Radio Urbana recently began sending in cosmetics from China and selling hair extensions for two businesses under her name.

Posada pictured here during her arrest

Investigators allege that Posada used the businesses as a front to launder illegal funds for the drug ring.

However, Posada maintained her innocence and said that she would “fight for everything to be cleared up.”

Authorities believe that the drug smuggling ring is headed by former Guatemalan military officer Marlon Francesco Monroy Meono.

Monroy, who was extradited to the U.S. in 2016 on drug-trafficking charges, is also known as ‘The Goast.”

Posada recently began importing cosmetics from China and selling hair extensions for two companies in her name

He has allegedly been a critical link for the Sinaloa Cartel in Guatemala.

The Sinaloa Cartel is a longstanding criminal group that was headed by the now-incarcerated Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

El Chapo who has escaped two maximum-security prisons in Mexico is on 23-hour a day lockdown in Manhattan and has been barred from seeing his wife, Emma Coronel, and his Mexican attorney.

Guzman’s enterprise reportedly smuggled hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and meth into the U.S. while engaging in war with other rival cartels, carrying out thousands of killings and kidnappings, as well as bribing officials.

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