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May 11, 2012

Guatemalan charged for crossing border with loaded prohibited weapon

Ismael Antonio Moran Enriquez

Guatemalan national, twenty-eight year old Ismael Antonio Moran Enriquez is tonight on remand at the Central Prison after he was caught at the Benque Viejo Border on Thursday morning with a point forty-five Colt pistol loaded with ten live rounds. The Melchor de Mencos resident, however, was not immediately charged but kept in detention and that triggered a furor. According to reports, the Commissioner of Police David Henderson didn’t want Moran charged because he was allegedly authorized by immigration personnel to assist a woman to carry a bag into Belizean territory.  That’s when Customs personnel pulled him and found the firearm. Point forty-five caliber weapons are prohibited in Belize.  Moran presented two gun licenses but neither was for the firearm in his possession. The Director of Public Prosecution, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal maintains that Moran should be taken to court for arraignment and straight to jail on remand. The police make the point, however, there is a process and that shortly before four on Thursday afternoon Moran was charged with Kept Prohibited Firearm and Kept Prohibited Ammunition. He was arraigned in court this morning and has since been remanded to prison where he now awaits a trial on the matter. Police Press Officer, Fitzroy Yearwood explains.


Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officers

“Benque Viejo police were called to the Western Border by Custom Officers that were on duty at that entry point. Custom Officers then relayed to them sometime around eight-forty-five a.m. that one Ismael Antonio Moran Enriquez, a twenty-eight year old Guatemalan of Melchor de Mencos. He was attempting to cross into Belize where one of the officers saw something protruding from one of his pants pocket.  The officer then approached Enriquez and upon seeing this, Enriquez tried to walk away. Another customer officer came to this officer’s assistance where they managed to search Enriquez. They discovered a Colt point forty-five caliber pistol loaded with ten live rounds of ammunition. He and the weapon were handed over to Benque Viejo police. Benque Viejo Police escorted Enriquez to the station where he was charged, around three-fifty p.m. yesterday evening, he was charged for Kept Prohibited Firearm and Kept Prohibited Ammunition. He has since gone in front of the court and is now remanded at the Kolbe Prison in Hattieville until ninth of August this year.”


Duane Moody

“What was the issue with him getting charged? I understand that there was a delay in him getting charged.”


Fitzroy Yearwood

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Duane everything is a process. If you are brought into police custody, we try our best to bring you, at the earliest possible time—twenty-four or forty-eight hours—before a court so that you can answer to your charge. This is a normal process. He was found with a prohibited firearm and he was charged within hours of being found with that firearm.”


Duane Moody

“I understand that he had two licenses on his person, but they weren’t for the firearm that he had…”


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Duane regardless if he had the license on him, in the country of Belize, a forty-five caliber is a prohibited firearm—a license will not be granted for that in the country of Belize. So regardless if you had a license from your home country, you are in Belize with it and it is a prohibited firearm arm and you will be charged.”


Moran has been remanded until August ninth. The Colt point forty-five weapon he carried—which was loaded with ten live rounds—is customized with American eagle grips. It is reported that a Guatemalan license for the weapon is recorded in the name of George Anibal Orellana who is Moran’s boss.

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4 Responses for “Guatemalan charged for crossing border with loaded prohibited weapon”

  1. Josephino Estroberto Pesomedio says:

    Just shows how those bandits take Belize as a poco tiempo country , enter with fire arms to sell, and we end up not knowing from where all those illegal weapons are coming from.
    Congrats officers in charge, your job is highly appreciated, we love you for protecting us.

  2. erson lopoez says:

    There is no need to show leniancy to this people. This guy is one of the people that harrass and threaten belizeans when they cross the boarder to drink. Being at the border gives them a chance to see who crosses the boarder with enough money. I have no idea why the police in benque viejo are feeling conflicted about charging the guy. And, now that it happened dont be surprised that a belizean man get arrested or shot at melchor. I would love to take care of this guys when i go back and fight violence with violence across the boarder.

  3. benquenio del oeste says:

    I don’t see the trouble in charging this coyote. He is one of the people that harrass and threatens belizeabs as they cross the boarders. They are good with shooting their guns they don’t only pack it for nothing. Lock this man up let him learn his lesson

  4. JahKid says:

    These guys are coyotes. They are armed and ussually they patrol the illegal crossing point ares to steal from people crossing the border illegally.

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