Mexican drug traffickers use television company vehicles as disguise.
A judge in the Central American country of Nicaragua on Friday gave 30-year prison terms to 18 Mexicans who posed as journalists.
They were found guilty of drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime.
The criminals were caught crossing from Nicaragua into Honduras with $9.2 million, stored in six vehicles carrying logos of Mexico's biggest broadcaster Televisa.
The media giant has denied any links to the group.
Mexican drug cartels often use Central America as a bridge to shuttle drugs from South America.
The region is increasingly being used for field operations and storage, resulting in a wave of violence.
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