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Feb 19, 2013

Separate busts of illegal immigrants

There are two cases of suspected human smuggling to report tonight. Two vehicles were pursued by police on the highways: one near Georgeville and the other at the Burrell Boom junction. Both looked alike and were carrying illegal immigrants. The first vehicle sped away and when the police caught up with it, only the driver was in the vehicle. But police managed to get to a van with Orange Walk license plates registered to one Mathew Williams who was not in the vehicle. Some of its passengers managed to get away while others were taken to court. Duane Moody has that story.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A group of Salvadoran nationals were processed in court late this afternoon after they were handed over by police to the Belize City Branch of the Immigration Department. They are: thirty-four year old Jose Antonio Arevalo, twenty-seven year old Maria Deisy Leon Tobias, twenty-five year old Jose Abdulio Escobar and a seventeen year old minor. Reports are that sometime after four this morning, this white van with Orange Walk license plate number C-O-4-4-3-1 was transporting some fifteen illegal persons—both males and females—when it was intercepted at the police checkpoint near the Burrell Boom junction with the Phillip Goldson Highway.

The driver of the vehicle spotted the authorities as he exited the Burrell Boom Road and diverted to Belize City. This alerted the authorities who pursued him until the vehicle reportedly came to a stop near an open lot some two hundred yards from the checkpoint. The occupants alighted the van and escaped into nearby bushes. Police reportedly fired shots at the tires to avoid the immigrants from fleeing, but only five—one female and four males—were captured and detained by Ladyville police. They were later handed over to the immigration department and charged with illegal entry. A manhunt is underway for the other ten individuals including, the driver of the van. Sources close to News Five say that the Salvadorans were en route to the northern border with Mexico after they illegally entered the country through the western border with Guatemala by river.

The incident is believed to be an organized ring. Another alleged human smuggling case reportedly occurred on Monday night; this time in Georgeville, Cayo. Sometime around nine-thirty p.m., another white van, similar to that impounded at the Ladyville station, was confiscated in the west and its driver detained. News Five was reliably informed that the van, occupied by a number of illegal immigrants, was pursued by immigration and police officers. The driver managed to evade the officers, but when the police caught back up with the van, the occupants were no longer inside. According to our sources, the two incidents may be linked. In both cases, the non-Belizeans are still at large and investigations continue into the alleged smuggling. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Aside from the five Salvadorans charged this afternoon, two others were arraigned for illegal entry before Magistrate Adolph Lucas. They are Honduran national, Rigoberto Mendoza Palma and Salvadoran national Santos Guevara Amaya. While Palma was caught this morning by police on Antelope Street in Belize City, Amaya was caught by Immigration officers on Monday morning at the terminal as he exited a D and E bus from Benque Viejo Del Carmen. All seven pleaded guilty to the charge and were fined one thousand dollars which they were unable to pay and remanded. Removal orders were also filed for them to be deported to their respective countries. In an update, late this evening, News Five was informed that five Salvadoran women, believed have been involved in this morning’s bust, were found by immigration officers in an abandoned house in Los Lagos. It is expected they will be taken to court on Wednesday. Back to the owner of the vehicle involved in the Burrell Boom bust. We note that in June 2012 a search was executed at the house of Orange Walk resident Matthew Williams. About ten thousand dollars were found in the upper floor of the house but the GSU also found four Belizean Passports, one Panamanian and one Spanish passport in one of the bedrooms. At the time of the finding, Williams claimed that he was assisting some persons with nationality and had found the Belizean passport.  It is also alleged that the passports appeared to be have been tampered with.

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6 Responses for “Separate busts of illegal immigrants”

  1. JahKid says:

    Big PUP man Matthew Williams. I tell you that we are messed up with these politicians and their cronies. They involved in all kind of illegalities and they want to govern us law abiding citizens. Wow, shame, really shame.

  2. Rod says:

    How come you never hear about black people being arrested for illegal entry their are hundreds of black Jamaicans. Haitians Nigerians etc in this country and you never hear they ever deport none of them always the Spanish. Wake up unu Spanish in Belize unu can’t see what barrow is doing he is the biggest bigot in the country prejudice prejudice prejudice,

  3. junito says:

    Rod as much as your comments sound racist i have to say its true. Ive send countless Nigerian who by no doubt are here illegally and claiming to have bogus degrees of eduction which are false. Especially in Belize City ive seen several taking places in nursing and churches which for a fact are here illegally. Jamaicans are a whole other story.

  4. cruz says:

    I agree with junito on this, there are alot of illigal africans in belize and the the only ones being harrased are us the latin people! and as mush as it pains me to say this rod does make a good point on this.

  5. Belizean Pride says:

    until now I agree with Rod it’s true, so how can we stop it when the big headed barrow is the leader seems to play racist, even if we might try cover it it’s true, cronies are corrupted and the least we can expect is the law officers involved it make it hard for us to do something. Illegals are law breakers but lets make it general when we say illegals, from all races, so much Haitians, Jamaicans, Nigerians, Hindus, we might even have Americans who not be legal in this country, but wait we never hear about them being deported.

  6. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    OBVIOUSLY , IF SPANISH PEOPLE START A GANG MOVEMENT IN BELIZE GOV BARROW WILL FOR THE LEAST JAIL THEM OR KILL THEM. BUT HIS OWN CREOLE GANG MOVEMENT HE CHERISHES, THOSE CREOLE GANGS HE FEEDS FREE AND PROTECTS THEM !!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU BET BARROW WILL NOT BE STUPID TO RUN FOR THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS !!!
    HE WILL BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED AFTER NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR BELONGING TO GANGS !!!
    WHO KNOWS HOW MANY PEOPLE HIS GANGS HAVE KILLED AND ASSAULTED???????????????
    AND WE NEVER HEARD OF ANY PAST MINISTERS BEING RACISTS AS BARROW, WHO IS CHASING THE SPANISH ONLY.

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