Immigration Police Intercepts Six Salvadorans Heading North Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

After police and immigration officers intercepted and prosecuted six illegal immigrants on Sunday, February 9th, they are now focusing on a man they believe is part of a larger smuggling ring.

Police detained a 29-year-old man after he was caught trying to board a North bound bus with two Salvadorans who were in Belize illegally. At about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Immigration officials received information that made them visit the Belize City bus terminal where they intercepted four Salvadoran nationals who had just exited a bus from Western Belize. They then proceeded to grab two more Salvadorans at the Palotti bus stop along with the man they believe is the smuggler. The authorities believe the men entered into Belize through the Mopan River and were heading North into Mexico.

Though police and immigration strongly suspect that the man they had in custody is a human trafficker none of the Salvadorans admitted to knowing him. They claimed they were heading to Carmelita to cut bush. The men: Victor Manuel Gonzalez Juarez, Carlos Adalberto Alvarado Valdezon, Santos de Jesus Aleman, Miguel Angel Azmitia Cea, Celso Antonio Aleman Valle and Victor Manuel Rivera Valle appeared before Magistrate Leslie Hamilton on Tuesday, February 11th, where they were charged with entering Belize illegally. The men pleaded guilty to the charge and were fined $1,000 each or six months prison time in default. None of the men were able to pay the fine and they were all transported to the Belize Central Prison to serve their time. Removal orders were granted for all six convicts and will be served when they complete the sentence.    

Police and Immigration investigations continue.