A Guatemalan Human Trafficker has been arrested and charged for offences committed in Belize. According to the report, on Thursday 24th September at about 12:0opm, acting upon information received, the Orange Walk Police intercepted a group of (13) individuals at the BSI/ASR Booth on the Chan Pine Ridge Road near the Northern Highway.
After the apprehension, the group was found to consists of (11) illegal Salvadorans, (1) legal Guatemalan (suspected human smuggler) and (1) Belizean (suspected human smuggler). Two of the Salvadorans were minors age 15 and 5 years old so they were handed over to Human Services where they remain until they are repatriated through the Salvadoran Embassy.
The other 11 illegals have since been arrested and charged and pled guilty. As such they were fined $1000.00 each. All those detained managed to pay their fine and have been deported. As for the human smuggler of Guatemalan Nationality, he was identified as Fran Walder Lopez Portillo, 22 year old bus driver of Barrio Santa Elena, Melchor de Mancos, Peten, Guatemala.
He was arraigned today in the Orange Walk Magistrate court where he was charged with 11 counts of “Aiding a person to remain in Belize contrary to the immigration act” and was fined $1,000.00 plus $5.00 cost of court per. The money was to be paid forthwith or in default Lopez Portillo faces 66 months imprisonment.
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