Guatemalan Women Busted after Entering Belize Illegally Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

Two Guatemalan waitresses are in prison after they pleaded guilty to entering Belize illegally on Monday, December 1.

Silvia Liliana Cayax Arias, 33, and Rosa Delmy Sanchez Velasquez, 25, were on a bus heading from Cayo to Belize City when police boarded at a checkpoint on the George Price Highway. The women looked suspicious to police and when they were approached they could not speak English. An officer then spoke to the women in Spanish and asked that they present travel documents. The women were unable to do so; therefore, police took them off the bus and handed them over to Immigration Department.

An investigation by the Immigration Department resulted in a confession by the women. They entered Belize illegally through the Mopan River then boarded a bus heading to the City. They were charged with one count each of entering the country illegally. On Tuesday, December 2, the women appeared before Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart where they pleaded guilty to the charge. Magistrate Stewart fined them $1,000 each and ordered that they pay immediately or serve six months in prison in default. The women were unable to pay the fine so they were transported to the Belize Central Prison. A removal order was granted by the Magistrate; therefore, after serving the sentence the women will be deported to Guatemala.