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Jan 5, 2017

10 Alleged MS-13 Gangsters Flee El Salvador Jail; Could They be Headed for Belize?

There has been a prison break reported, but not in Belize. Ten inmates escaped from a jail in El Salvador on Sunday. Authorities in Honduras and Guatemala are on alert, and earlier this week Police in Belmopan shared the general alert with local media and the public. The inmates are suspected to be part of the Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 gang and are thus considered extremely dangerous. Officer Commanding Belmopan Formation, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, noted that Belize’s immigrant communities, several surrounding the capital and elsewhere in the Cayo District, among others, can prove fertile ground for these dangerous elements to take root.

 

Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Formation

“Why it is concerning to us, and I believe to all Belizeans, is because we have a lot of Latin communities within our country – not only in the Cayo District but in the other districts across the country – and we at Belmopan Police, we are very concerned and we thought it right to let the public know and see the pictures of these guys, so they could work together with the Police to capture these guys, if they are ever seen in Belizean territory.”

 

Reporter

“You mention that there is a high likelihood – not high, but a likelihood that these persons could come to Belize. Would they able to simply blend into these communities and probably try to build a base here.”

 

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett

“Yes, we have two communities – I do not care to discuss those communities – but we have two communities here that we find a lot of Salvadorans live in, and they have been good people over the years, but we have seen in the past and especially the very recent past that gang members from El Salvador have trickled down into these areas.”

 

Senior Superintendent Gillett told us he believes the police forces in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will cooperate with Belize to keep an eye on the fleeing gangsters with a view to apprehending them.

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1 Response for “10 Alleged MS-13 Gangsters Flee El Salvador Jail; Could They be Headed for Belize?”

  1. isawthem says:

    These guys already here, they were on Westline bus yesterday stopped off at Belmopan around 3p.m ask those on the bus around then.

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