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Nov 4, 2014

Contraband Cigarettes in Melchor – Did it Come from Belize?

Late last week in the area of La Ceibita, Melchor de Mencos, more than a hundred cases, with eight hundred and eighty-one thousand cigarettes were confiscated by the Guatemalan police. The cargo was found in a vehicle that had overturned. According to newspaper reports, the cigarettes entered Guatemala as contraband from Belize. One witness claims that the vehicle sped off to avoid the police that were spotted in the area but it overturned when it collided into a house. Two persons fled the scene and the police confiscated the cigarettes and transported it to a government warehouse on Petén.  Since the beginning of the year, one hundred and sixty five persons have been detained in the border area for contraband goods from Belize. 

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