El Espanol’s wife caught with quarter million dollars

In November of last year, Ernesto Alonso De Miguel, known as “El Espanol” was executed in Chetumal while eating at a resturaunt.  El Espanol was rumored as one of the largest contrabandistas in the  the Corozal Free Zone and Mexico. On Wednesday April 6, 2016, almost 5 months after his death, El Espanol’s widow has been arrested.  Maria Jose Del Valle Rosado was reportedly caught at the Phillip Goldson airport with over a quarter million undeclared dollars in cash. Two special branch officers were doing routine checks at the departure lounge when they saw Valle Rosado and two men acting suspiciously. The police searched them and found $137,130.00 US dollars on Valle Rosado, $9,900 US dollars on 25 year old Corozal Free Zone worker Nair Arjenis Balam, and  $9,980 US dollars on 36 year old San Narciso Cane Farmer Wilfrido Catzim. The three were reportedly bound for Panama.. Valle-Rosado, was slapped with two counts: one count of attempting to leave Belize with more than $20,000 Belize dollars, and failure to declare when leaving Belize with more than $10,000 cash without first reporting the matter to FIU. She pleaded not guilty to both charges, in the presence of her attorney, Magali Marin Young. Her two other co accused, Catzim and Balam also pleaded not guilty when they were charged separately for the offense of failure to declare when leaving Belize with more than $10,000 dollars. And while the FIU prosecutor, Leni Ysaguirre had no objection to bail Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser ordered Rosado to surrender her passport. Rosado received  bail of $50,000 while Catzim and Balam received bail of $8,000 dollars each. Trial is set for June 13, and disclosure is expected by May 3, 2016.

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