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Seven Illegal Immigrants caught in Belize: They were heading to the USA Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 00:00

On Tuesday, February 19th, seven illegal immigrants were taken to the Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges of illegal entry.

Five Salvadorans, Maria Deisy Leon Tobias, 27; Jose Omar Guevara, 17; Jose Antonio Gonzalez Arevalo, 34; Uvaldo Antonio Alvarado Murillo, 22; and Jose Obdulio Escobar, 25 were caught in a white van that was parked near a checkpoint at Mile 13 near to the Burrell Boom Junction on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

The other two immigrants have been identified as 33-year-old Honduran, Rigoberto Mendoza Palma, and Salvadoran, Santos Alexander Guevara Amaya, 19.

Palma was caught by police on Tuesday morning at #64 Antelope Street in Belize City while Santos Amaya was caught by Immigration officers on Monday morning at the Belize City Bus Terminal as he got off a D&E bus from Benque Viejo Del Carmen.

In court, the group of 7 wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal entry.

They were fined $1,000 each plus a$5.00 cost of court by Magistrate Adolph Lucas, Jr., who ordered that they all pay the fine immediately or in default 1 year in prison.

None of the 7 immigrants could pay their fines and Immigration officers escorted them to the Queen Street Police Station for transfer to prison.

The group of 5 was heading to the United States, said authorities. They were detained at about 5:30 on Tuesday morning by Ladyville Police officers, who were at the Mile 13 checkpoint and found the van with license plate number, C-04331. The driver of the van had abandoned it but inside police found the 5 immigrants. The identity of the driver of the van is still unknown, said authorities.

Rigoberto Mendoza told Immigration officers in an interview that he entered Belize from February 15th, 2013 via the banks of the Mopan river in Benque and he only had a cedula identification card but no passport.

Santos Amaya who was found at the terminal had a passport and cedula but no stamps to show that he came into the country legally. He admitted to immigration personnel that he came to Belize on Monday just when he was seen alighting the D&E bus and that he entered Belize via the banks of the Mopan river as well.