Pleads Guilty of being in MS 13 gang Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 December 2012 00:00

Angel Antonio RuizOn Monday, December 17th, 20-year-old Angel Antonio Ruiz, who confessed to police that he is a member of the criminal gang, MS-13 was charged for displaying a gang insignia before Magistrate Adolph Lucas.

He had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge but quickly changed his plea to guilty when he learnt that bail could not be offered on the charge.

His mother, who was present in court, also influenced him in changing his plea as she began to cry uncontrollably when she realized that her son was going to be remanded to the Belize Central prison for Christmas.

For the offense, Ruiz was then fined $500 plus a $5.00 cost of court. He has until March 23rd, 2013 to pay his fine in default 5 months.

Allegations are that on Sunday, December 16th, he professed to be a member of the criminal gang. According to police, Detective Corporal Sambula reported that at on Sunday, December 16th, on the strength of a search warrant, he visited the home of Ruiz, located at #8 Pelican Street in Belize City, where he conducted a search. As a result he found a $2.00 bill with the markings MS-13. Officer Sambula confiscated the note and escorted Ruiz to the Queen Street Police Station.

While at station during an interrogation period, according to Sambula, Ruiz admitted that he and his brother are members of the MS-13 gang.