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Jul 1, 2016

Fifteen Arraigned in Human Smuggling Ring

Fifteen persons, including ten Salvadoran men, a Belizean farmer and four Salvadoran women were today arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for different offenses mounting from an alleged smuggling ring. Twenty-two-year-old Valley of Peace resident, Anivar Alvarenga was first to be arraigned; it is alleged that he aided and abetted the fourteen Salvadoran nationals and three minors to be smuggled through Belize on Wednesday. Around eight p.m., a grey van, driven at the time by Alvarenga, was intercepted by police near Biscayne. The Salvadoran nationals, who entered the country through the western border, could not produce their visitor’s permit and were nabbed. Today, they were charged for the immigration offense and fined one thousand dollars each, which they had to pay forthwith or spend six months in prison. As to Alvarenga, who was charged with fourteen counts of aiding and abetting, this afternoon, he returned to court and in a shocking twist saw the charges withdrawn by prosecutor Robert Guernsey.

 

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4 Responses for “Fifteen Arraigned in Human Smuggling Ring”

  1. MNHG says:

    THOSE ARE THE SHOCKING TWISTS THAT HAVE GIVEN AND CONTINUES ENDLESSLY TO GIVE BELIZE A BLACK EYE !!!
    ONLY THE MONEY PEOPLE ARE NOT INVESTIGATED, MANY DOZENS WORKING IN HUGE STORES COUNTRY WIDE. AND THEY HAVE NO WORK PERMIT AND NO LEGAL STATUS BUT THEY ARE COVERED WITH A BIG LARGE MONEY BLANKET !!!
    ENTONCES HERMANOS SALVADORENOS, SOLO GENTE DE DINERO SON BIENVENIDOS AQUI EN BELICE.

  2. Coyote says:

    There is a high profile and politically tied person in Consejo Village, Corozal that is well known to be connected with the smuggling of people. The Police seems to be co-operating with him as they do nothing to make a stop or investigate him. He is also tied to a well hotel owner who assist him with the ring. Please let us not be naïve.

  3. Firewalker says:

    What a shame. Didn’t George Price say if they could make it to BZ they could live in Valley of Peace? They were just looking for a better life and now they are in jail. Now BZ has to feed and cloth them for six months. Why not just send them back with the money they paid the guy that was carrying them and put his happy patoot in the poky.

  4. Jorge says:

    Yes- the consejo guys right hand in cons who is that disreputable broker formerly of San Pedro who is now peddling land and people in consejo and sarteneja by name of eiley

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