Raquel Alatorre Correa, suspected of being the leader of a group of Mexicans who posed as Televisa journalists as part of a scheme to smuggle several million dollars in cash, communicated with an executive of the television network, Nicaraguan National Police economic crimes unit officials said.

Officials testified Tuesday during the trial of the Mexicans, who face drug trafficking, money laundering and other charges in this Central American country.

Alatorre Correa had an entry in her phone's directory for "Lic. Amador Narcia," who is a vice president for national reporting at Televisa, economic crimes unit specialist Wiston Galeano, who analyzed the calls made by the suspected gang leader, said.

Alatorre Correa communicated with Narcia before, during and after her arrest in Nicaragua, Galeano said in testimony before the court.

The calls were made between July 25 and Aug. 24, the investigator said.

Attorney General Armando Juarez said Monday that Televisa had asked his office to investigate the group of false Mexican journalists.

"The investigation is about whether, in fact, any Televisa employees signed or did not sign the letter (of accreditation they were using on their travels). That is one of the charges that Televisa itself filed in Nicaragua and that we are required to follow up on," Juarez said.

The 18 suspects are Mexican citizens who were arrested in August in Nicaragua while posing as Televisa reporters.

The suspects were trying to smuggle $9.2 million from Mexico to Costa Rica, prosecutors allege.

The suspects were traveling in six vans bearing logos of the Mexican media company and had letters of accreditation allegedly signed by Narcia, witnesses told prosecutors. EFE