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MS-13 Gang Members Fleeing El Salvdador Caught in Cayo

El Salvador’s crackdown on gang members has forced many of them to flee to other Central American countries. Today we confirmed with Police Commissioner Chester Williams that three members of the Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13, were detained in the Cayo District. Williams says that the three men are currently at the Belize Central Prison awaiting deportation. It’s a serious situation that the Police Department and the Ministry of Home Affairs are closely monitoring. Williams is advising the public to be on the lookout for these gang members.
Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “We have found three as well who flee to Belize and they were detained. They’re currently remanded and we’re hoping that they will return to Salvador.”

Reporter: When were they detained? 

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “About a week ago.”

Reporter: Do we know how they entered Belize?

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “Well they entered, I don’t know.”

Reporter: Do you know under which circumstances they were found? Is it in the Belize district? 

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “They were found in the San Ignacio area.” 

Reporter: With family members or some other connection here?

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “Yes! Yes. We certainly are on high alert and if it is that you see any strange person or persons in your neighbourhood with lots of tattoos and, we all know the different gang tattoos, call the police and we’re going to respond and see who they are.” 

Reporter: Were they armed?

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “No.”

Reporter: Did they resist?

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “No.” 

Reporter: Have they been charged? 

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “By Immigration. Yes.” 

Reporter: So they remain at the prison?

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “Yes.” 

Reporter: They haven’t been arraigned in court?

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “I guess they have been arraigned and they are remanded.” 

Reporter: So in a situation like this, what follows? 

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “Well it’s a matter for Immigration to either decide to expel them or whatever. It’s a matter for Immigration now.”

Reporter: Do you be in contact with your counterparts with Bukele’s administration? 

Chester Williams, Belize Police Department: “Yes, we do that through our GSIF.*”