Gold thief caught in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

Raonel Valdez, a 33 year-old Cuban refuge, wanted by the US for a 2.8 million dollar gold heist in Florida has been captured by Belizean authorities, and it is expected that he will be handed over to the US authorities.

Valdez was caught in the bushes just outside of Benque Viejo, where the Immigration authorities believe that he entered after crossing the Belizean Guatemalan border illegally. He had a Cuban passport, but no stamp which showed that he entered the country legally.

 He was charged with illegal entry, and he was arraigned and fined $2,000, which he was able to pay, but because he entered the country through the Guatemlan border, he couldn’t be deported to that country because he didn’t have a stamp for that country either. Faced with the immigration issue, he was sent to jail for 6 months, and that’s when the immigration authorities started looking into his credentials.

 A search revealed that he is wanted by the US Marshals, under his name or his numerous aliases such as “Raonel Valdez Valhuerdi”, “Raonel Valhuerdi”, “Raunel Valdez”, and “Matojo”. The US authorities say that after he vanished, he planned a 3 man heist where he robbed a currier at gun point of 2.8 million dollars in gold belonging to the Bolivia-based export company, Quri Wasi Inc.

Belizean authorities say that he will be expelled. No details are forthcoming how that will take place, but it is expected that he will be handed over to US law enforcement. There is a $25,000 reward that the US Marshals are offering for his arrest, but it is unclear if that will be paid to the Immigration Department for effectively catching him, and uncovering the significance of his identity.