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Nicaragua: Police arrest fake journalists smuggling $7m cash

A group posing as Mexican journalists were arrested crossing the border from Honduras.

Police in Nicaragua say they have arrested 18 people posing as journalists who were carrying at least $7 million in cash, reports BBC News.

They were trying to cross the border from Hondouras in six news vans painted with the logos of Mexico's Televisa network. Voice of America reports that police chief Aminta Granera said the money was found in three of the vans. 

The Associated Press reports that the "fake journalists" said they were traveling to Nicaragua to cover the trial high-profile of trial of suspects in the killing of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral last year.  

Instead, Granera told AP the group intended to smuggle the money south to Costa Rica. The Mexican embassy in Managua confirmed to the BBC that some of the 18 suspects are Mexican citizens.

Voice of America reports that Nicaraguan police suspect possible links with Central American drug gangs that serve as supply lines as Mexico continues to battle drug gangs. 

Mexico has seen increasing violence in the past several weeks after a period calm following the Presidential election on July 1. More than 50,000 people have been murdered in drug related killings in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006. 

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