40 year old Blanca Rodriguez, said to be wanted by INTERPOL for alleged involvement in human trafficking, was today read a charge of failure to comply with conditions of a visitor’s permit in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.
Rodriguez pleaded guilty and began a six-month jail term after being unable to find the money to pay a thousand-dollar fine imposed by Magistrate Leslie Hamilton. Immigration authorities say they were alerted of Rodriguez’s presence in Belize by their INTERPOL colleagues.
Their records indicate she received a visitor’s permit for four days after entering Belize through the western border. That time had expired by the time she was picked up on Monday morning at mile 8 on the George Price Highway. Rodriguez is expected to be sent back to her native Honduras at the end of her jail sentence.