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Jan 11, 2017

Police Department Worried About MS-13 Jailbreak

While the department tries to get a handle on the domestic gang infestation, another problem seems to be looming overhead.  That is the influx of gang members from neighboring Central American countries, particularly El Salvador where the prison system is overran with feuding criminal organizations.  Those individuals, primarily belonging to the MS-Thirteen gang, may be heading in this direction following a recent jailbreak.  This afternoon, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie spoke on this.

 

Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“We are aware that there was a prison break and yes there are nationals from that country here in Belize.  There is no information to indicate that those persons are heading to Belize but again there is none to say that they would not want to come to Belize because it’s quite likely that they might have relatives or friends here.  And so we have alerted our officers, the immigration [officers], the ports of entry have been alerted to the fact that there was that break and we have their photographs and we’re actively being vigilant in the event that those persons do make their way to Belize.  We do know that the other countries between us have mobilized their forces in an effort to try to capture if they do come to any of those countries also, you know.”

 

Reporter

“And then sir, finally from me, you spoke about the pervasiveness of gang crimes, are you all of the opinion that, you said about gangs…, that in fact the murder in PG was an unusual murder in PG on the night of the sixth or seventh was related somehow to gangs emanating from Belize City.”

 

Allen Whylie

“That matter is under investigation Jules; we know the background of the deceased.  I would not want to speculate or offer an opinion; I had not asked the O.C. if he thought it was gang-related.  We know the history of the individual and I’ll leave it at that.  I can find out if that is the opinion of the investigators but I honestly hadn’t asked that question.”

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