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Mar 27, 2014

3 Cubans detained in Belize City

A trio of Cuban nationals, who entered the country unlawfully and believed to have been en route to the United States, was busted by immigration officials inside a hotel room in Belize City at midday.  Thirty-one-year-old Roberto Hernandez, a college professor, twenty-three-year-old engineering student Ernesto Tanquero and twenty-four-year-old Dayani Hernandez, an economist, were found inside a bedroom at Bay View Guesthouse around 12:30 today.  According to the officers, they were tipped anonymously that the group had been holed up inside the bed and breakfast since March nineteenth.  When asked to produce travel documents, they all presented Cuban passports with no entry stamps or valid Belizean visas.  Additional checks at the port of entry confirmed that they are here illegally.  In court this afternoon, they appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Dale Cayetano and were arraigned for the offense.  The threesome pleaded guilty and fined in the sum of one thousand dollars each; however, they were remanded to the Belize Central Prison when the individual they say would pay their penalties did not show up as promised.  It is believed that the Hernandezes and Tanquero were in transit to the U.S., traveling through Jamaica, Panama, Guatemala and Belize.  They entered Belize by crossing the Mopan River near the western border.

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