MS-13 Gang Member deported again
A high profile street figure was killed on Wednesday night in the city. We’ll come to that shortly, but a member of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 gang was deported for the second time from Belize this evening. Thirty year old Elmer Antonio Cadiz Gandamez was taken after two o’clock this afternoon to the Philip Goldson International Airport where he boarded a TACA flight to El Salvador. Two plain clothes officers escorted him on the flight and he was to be handed over to Interpol and the FBI anti-gang task force. While in Belize, Cadiz was a taxi driver living on New Road in Belize City. He was arrested on November seventh 2011 because he violated a previous expulsion order. During that raid at a house on Raccoon Street, Cadiz was found along with Jose Carlos Reyes, another Salvadoran national who openly admitted he was a member of the MS-13. The MS-13 members had set up shop under the radar of the Belize City police headquarters. Police officers recognized Cadiz because he and his brother Eliseo were arrested on October twenty-third, 2007 along with sixteen suspected MS-13 members. Back then they were deported to Salvador for displaying MS-13 tattoos. Cadiz spent a lot of time travelling because on September seventeenth, 2010, he was deported from the United States to Salvador. The MS-13 was formed in Los Angeles among Central American migrants but the deportation of members to Salvador, accounted for the spread of the gang in the region. The estimates of numbers range from thirty to fifty thousand members worldwide. Since 2006, the gang’s presence has increased slowly in Belize. Two members have been accused of separate murders and one has been charged with Attempted Suppression of Evidence in a murder trial.