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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019. 11:07 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: On Wednesday, Social Worker Sergio Adrian Guerra and Construction Worker Edwin Arnold Naj were charged jointly with facilitating four Honduran nationals’ travels into Belize as part of an alleged human trafficking ring.

The Belize Immigration Department along with the Belize Police Department, however, believe it goes much further and deeper than that.

Yesterday, five more Benque residents – two taxi men, two female domestic women, and a disabled unemployed man were brought to court on charges.

33-year-old Felicito Theresito Galvez, of Mahogany Street, Benque; his girlfriend, Joanna Beatriz Gomez, 19, a Domestic of same address; 39-year-old Enrique Moralez, a Taxi Driver of Churchill Street, Benque; and Neysa Amanda Gomez, 25,  Domestic of Bullet Tree Road, San Ignacio along with her boyfriend, Ervin  Llobani Arevola are accused of facilitating the commission of a crime when they aided four Hondurans, two adults, and two minors by purposely communicating with Sergio Guerra and Edwin Arnold Naj who escorted the group through Belize in a Ford Escape.

Each pleaded not guilty and was set bail of $3,000. At the request of the senior immigration officer acting as prosecutor, they were each ordered to report every Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m., to the San Ignacio Police Station.

Attorney Hurl Hamilton, who also represents Guerra and Naj, says he has yet to see evidence that his clients are involved in any trafficking or smuggling of persons and that the charge each faces is an immigration-related offense. Police says they continue their investigations.

All seven return to court on September 17 for disclosure.

 

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