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Jun 8, 2016

Seguros Arraigned for Illegal Possession of Hicatees

On Tuesday, we reported on a major bust in rural Belize District by the Fisheries Department. Two Biscayne men, Goldburn Seguro and his nephew Hilberto Seguro were intercepted near the Lord’s Bank cutoff with three of the turtles, two of which did not meet the standards imposed by law. Further investigation led fisheries officers to Seguro’s residence in Biscayne where thirteen more hicatees as well as hicatee nets, which is a prohibited fishing equipment, were discovered. Today, the Seguros were arraigned in court for separate fisheries offenses. Fifty-six year old Goldburn was first to appear before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza and charged for two counts of possession of female hicatees. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and offered bail of one thousand five hundred dollars. His twenty-two year old nephew, Hilberto, was slapped with three fisheries offenses when he appeared before Magistrate Mendoza: one count of possession of an undersized hicatee, possession of more than three hicatees, and possession of hicatee nets. Hilberto, who was also unrepresented, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was offered bail of two thousand dollars. The bust was made on Tuesday afternoon, but according to Fisheries Officer, Rigoberto Quintana, the department had been monitoring the men for over two weeks in the Belize River and the Black Creek area.

 

Rigoberto Quintana, Fisheries Officer

“We have been leading information that we receive from the public in general. And these persons are person of interest for the past two weeks. We have been tracking down the illegal operations that they have been doing in the Belize River, Black Creek area. And today we manage to arrest two persons, Mister Goldburn Seguro and Mister Hilberto Seguro.  Fisheries officers intercepted a white vehicle by Ladyville, by the Lord’s Bank junction. There they found three hicatees in that vehicle so that is what we are processing today and apparently two of them are undersized. The other operation, following more leads, the officers went to the Biscayne area where the same persons Goldburn Seguro and his relative live and there the officers found thirteen more turtles. We are processing the evidence now and they also found hicatee nets which are also prohibited.”

 

Rigoberto Quintana

Duane Moody

“Sir talk to us about that where this has been ongoing. It is obvious that these persons have caught these for commercial use, to sell. Talk to us about that.”

 

Rigoberto Quintana

“These turtles are critically endangered in the region. We have laws also that prohibit the buy and sell of turtles; this is just for traditional consumption for local residents. That’s why we are enforcing our laws and we have stepped up enforcement operations during the dry season noh. We have for the past month, we have confiscated at least six hicatee nets in the rivers and we were successful with this one noh.”

 

Both men are due back in court on August nineteenth, 2016. Goldburn Seguro is a former Special Constable.

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2 Responses for “Seguros Arraigned for Illegal Possession of Hicatees”

  1. Jake says:

    This is the type of on going RAPE of resources that has to be stopped.
    As criminals their boats vehicles and so on should be impounded as
    proceeds of criminal activities. And sold off to pay the SUPER BOND!

  2. Adrienne says:

    This kind of news makes me SICK, as I am an animal lover through and through. http://www.jerryberrylaw.com/

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