Salvadoran Family sent home for drugs and no papers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

A family of 4 Salvadoran immigrants were all dragged to court after 1.6 grams of cannabis and a utensil used for smoking drugs was found at their Holy Emmanuel Street home in Belize City. The family members will be extradited to their country of origin after their unfortunate run in with the law.

The family was arraigned on June 27, 2017 before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after being in police custody since June 24, 2017. The persons are 18-year-old Santos Emilio Orellana Valdez, his mother 39-year-old Maria Concepcion Valdez, and her two brothers, 18-year-old Moises Elias Gomez Valdez and 19-year-old Ceasar Gamaliel Gomez Valdez. They were read two criminal offenses before the magistrate.

Allegations are that on Saturday, June 24, 2017, the group was found in possession of a metal container with glass cover crusher used for the smoking of cannabis. They were also found in possession of 1.6 grams of cannabis.

The group in court was unrepresented when Santos Valdez took the rap for the two offenses and pleaded guilty. While he was hoping for a fine and no jail time, Senior Magistrate Fraser explained that she could not impose a fine because neither of them had the proper documents to be living in Belize. With that she sentenced him to 3 months on each count and ordered that the sentences run concurrently.

Although the other three saw the charges withdrawn from them, neither of them were free to go. They were all handed over to the Belize City Immigration Department where the group is expected to be charged with immigration offenses.