Cuban nationals detained for illegal entry

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Updated: July 7, 2015

A total of 20 Cuban nationals were detained in the course of 12 hours for illegally entering Belize.  The first detention occurred Friday morning at the Orange Walk by-pass when police intercepted a blue Toyota van.  At the time the van was being driven by 39 year old Lucilo Mes of Louisville Village, Corozal district.   Police proceeded to check the van and the nearby bushes and found six Cuban Nationals, three men and three women, hiding on the road side in some nearby bushes.  As a result they were all informed of their detention and escorted to Police Station. At the police station where they were all identified through their Cuban Passports which all were without any permit to enter Belize.   Later in the day, around 5:30pm police visited the Orange Walk bus terminal where they intercepted four Cubans who were leaving the terminal.  The sixteen Cuban nationals appeared in magistrate court where they all plead guilty to the charges and all six were fined one thousand dollars each; in default six months imprisonment.  The team also made checks inside a Tillet Bus that was parked in the terminal about to depart to Corozal, where another six more illegal Cuban were found.

ASP Selvyn Tillett Officer, Commanding Orange Walk Police

On Friday the 3rd of July at about 5:30pm police were patrolling the Orange Walk bus terminal area and saw some persons behaving suspiciously. When they approached them they realized that they were four Cuban Nationals. Thereafter checks inside the bus led to the discovery of six more Cuban nationals all illegal. All persons were brought to the Orange Walk police station pending investigation of illegal entry and today they were handed over to the immigration personnel where they were taken to court and were all charged by the magistrate and remanded to Hattieville.”

Arturo Cantun, Love News

“Is this in addition to the six that were caught earlier Friday?”

ASP Selvyn Tillett Officer, Commanding Orange Walk Police

“This is in addition to the six.”

Arturo Cantun, Love News

“So far in terms of the investigation, how did they come in to the country.”

ASP Selvyn Tillett Officer, Commanding Orange Walk Police

“They are coming and want to head to the US from illegal entry via the Guatemalan side.”

Arturo Cantun, Love News

“Did they explain how they got to Guatemala?”

ASP Selvyn Tillett Officer, Commanding Orange Walk Police

“Well we have no idea they have had people assisting them all the way.”

Arturo Cantun, Love News

“Were they alone when they were caught off the bus or was any Belizean along with them?”

ASP Selvyn Tillett Officer, Commanding Orange Walk Police

“As far as I know they were caught alone. They must have Belizeans along with them.”

Arturo Cantun, Love News

“Did they have a valid Cuban passports or ID.”

ASP Selvyn Tillett Officer, Commanding Orange Walk Police

“They have Cuban passports.”

 

As a result, all nine men and one woman were all informed of their detention and escorted to the Orange Walk Police Station. Another group of four Cuban men were caught Saturday morning.  This time police intercepted a BBOC green Bus in front of the Orange Walk police station around 10:30 Saturday morning.  All Cubans appeared in court where they all plead guilty to the charges and all four were fined one thousand dolars; in default six months imprisonment, the immigration department also made an order for their removal for having violated the immigration act of Belize. All four illegal Cubans joined the other sixteen others detained on Friday July 3.