Armed Guatemalans Found near Caracol Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

(L-R) Adelmo Hernandez Mancia and Rolando RamirezTwo Guatemalans were arraigned at the Belmopan Magistrate's Court on Tuesday of this week, five days after their encounter with a Belizean patrol. Last Friday, the Friends for Conservation and Development, the Belize Defense Force and the Special Patrol Unit were on a joint patrol on the Caracol Road when they encountered two Guatemalans.

The Caracol Road is about 2.2 kilometers from the Tapir Camp and 8.5 kilometers from the Belize Guatemala Border.

In the encounter with the two men, a police officer proceeded to identify himself. Both men then ran off and were pursued by the joint patrol.

On closer approach, one of the male persons appeared to be with a sixteen gauge shot gun, slung on his right shoulder. Both men were apprehended and police identified them as Adelmo Hernandez Mancia, 24, a Guatemalan farmer of La Rejoya near Melchor de Mencos and Rolando Ramirez, 35, also a Guatemalan farmer of Dolores Peten.

Found on Adelmo Hernandez Mancia at the time was a .38 revolver, loaded with three live rounds of  ammunition; strapped to the right side of his pants. Found on Rolando Ramirez was a 16 Gauge shot gun along with five, 16 gauge cartridges, in the right back pants pocket. Also found with the men was a black plastic bag containing 64.6 grams of Cannabis. Unable to produce their gun license when asked, the two men were then escorted to the San Ignacio Town Police Station.

Both Guatemalans were formally arrested and charged on Saturday, June 15th. Adelmo Hernandez Mancia and Rolando Ramirez were charged for having firearm and ammunition without a gun license as well as for the offence of drug trafficking.