copAuthorities on the island of Ambergris Caye have charged one of their own with the crime of extortion. According to police, on September 29th after 5:00pm, a 17 year old male along with his mother, reported to San Pedro Police that between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on September 22nd his Mother, Mirna Judith Berganza, was detained at the San Pedro Police Station for traffic offences. As a result, he and a family friend visited the Station whereby the friend spoke to P.C. Oscar Ramirez who demanded $300.00 for the release of Mirna Berganza and later demanded $700.00 more for her release. According to the complainant, a total of $600.00 was given to P.C. Ramirez for the release of his mother. Police have since arrested and charged 36 year old Police Constable #1139 Oscar Ramirez of San Juan Area, San Pedro Town for the crime of extortion.

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