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Elias Solozano and Sergio Rodriguez charged with immigration offences

25-year-old, Elias Solozano and 43- year-old, Sergio Rodriguez, were charged with immigration offences when they appeared today before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Solozano, a Salvadoran national, was charged with failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit since immigration officers found him working as a welder at Rodriguez Welding on January 9 without a work permit. Earlier this month, Solozano entered the country as a tourist via the western border and was given until February three to stay in Belize. Solozano pleaded guilty to the charge. He was fined one thousand dollars and five dollars court cost and was ordered to pay forthwith, in default, 6 months in prison. An order was made for his deportation to Salvador either after he has served the time or paid the fine. Meanwhile, Rodriguez, a Salvadoran national who is a naturalized Belizean and the owner of Rodriguez Welding, was charged with employing an immigrant without a work permit, namely Solozano. Rodriguez pleaded guilty to the charge and he was fined one thousand dollars and five dollars court cost. He was given until March 29 to pay, in default, he will serve six months in prison. He was also ordered to pay the transportation cost for Solozano’s deportation.