The MS-13 in Belize?

ms-13 in Belize

The MS-13, also known as the Mara Salvatrucha gang, has been invading countries all over the world and Belize is in the list.
Its members can be identified by a distinctive set tattoos, and this week Jose Carlos Reyes, 26, is behind bars after pleading guilty to belonging to the notorious criminal gang on Tuesday, November 8.
Reyes was unable to pay the minimum fine of $500 which Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith ordered him to pay forthwith or serve six months in the Belize Central prison.
In court, Reyes had lifted his shirt to show a tattoo on his chest with the MS-13 gang insignia.
Reyes’ brush with the law came suddenly on Monday, November 7, when the Gang Suppression Unit (G.S.U.) raided a house across the street from the Raccoon Street Police Station.
The police search did not reveal anything incriminating, but Reyes admitted to the G.S.U. officers that he was a member of the MS-13 gang.
The G.S.U. took him into custody, and charged him with “professing to belong to a criminal gang”.
Reyes is originally from El Salvador where the MS-13 gang is based, but he is now a naturalized Belizean.
Apart from Reyes, the G.S.U. raid, which lasted over seven hours, also netted Elmer Antonio Cadiz, a 26-year-old Salvadoran taxi operator.
Cadiz was said to be in violation of an expulsion order that was issued on December 6, 2007.
The apartment of Angel Ruiz, 19, a Belizean maintenance worker of 14 Raccoon Street, Belize City was also searched.
The G.S.U. found 0.5 grams of cannabis, so Ruiz was arrested and charged with possession of controlled drugs.
The G.S.U. says the three are reputed members of the MS-13 gang operating in Belize City.
The G.S.U. is also checking with Interpol’s regional office to determine if they are wanted in any other Central American country.
The MS-13 is one of the world’s most dangerous gangs, which has been operating in several major U.S. cities.
They are said to have over 50,000 members around the world.
The gang’s original purpose was to protect Salvadoran immigrants from other gangs in Los Angeles.
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