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May 15, 2020

A Group of Guatemalan Nationals Charged for Illegal Entry in the West

A group of Guatemalan nationals were clearly not avoiding the Corona beer during the corona virus pandemic. On Thursday afternoon, the group was busted in the Calla Creek area of the Cayo District with the contraband beers.  Officers attached to the Mobile Interdiction Team came up on the group around four p.m. while on patrol and a search led to the discovery of the contraband beers.  Jovani Salazar, Jose Uck, Luis and Jorje Vasquez and Lazaro Santos have all been taken into custody and charged for illegal entry into Belize. They have also since been swabbed for COVID-19 and are now awaiting the results, after which they will be remanded and place in quarantine at the central prison. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams shared details on this case of illegal entry in the west.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Police approached and interviewed them; they were all learnt to be Guatemalan nationals and with them they had two cases of corona beer and some loose corona in a bag. It would appear that they entered the country illegally and they were detained by the police and were escorted to the San Ignacio Polyclinic where they were swabbed for coronavirus. Thereafter, they were detained in a cell block at the police station, pending the results of the swab. If the result comes back negative then they will be charged and taken before the court; if is it positive, then Ministry of Health would have to deal with them in terms of the coronavirus situation. But as I have said before, in a situation like this, what will be done is that they will be taken into a mandatory quarantine centre, pending their court appearance. Or if they go to court—in this case, they are foreign nationals, so they will not be granted bail—if they go to court and are remanded into custody, I think the prison now has an allocation where they can quarantine them. They will go directly to prison, undergo the quarantine and thereafter go to their remand time at prison.”

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