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Jul 20, 2017

Ex-G.S.U. Boss Investigated for Fund Misappropriation

The Gang Suppression Unit has been under the leadership of Superintendent Andres Makin since the beginning of July when transfers within the Belize Police Department came into effect.  While the GSU is being led by a new boss, his predecessor is reportedly under investigation by the Ministry of Home Affairs which oversees that arm of law enforcement.  News Five understands that approximately sixty thousand dollars is unaccounted for on the books of the special taskforce, monies that are said to be assigned for the payment of GSU informants.  The unit is allotted funds that are earmarked for information gathering.  The way the system works is that a mole would provide actionable intelligence to the GSU in return for a compensation.  Those monies, we are reliably informed, are missing and unexplained.  In a letter dated June seventh, C.E.O. George Lovell wrote to Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie questioning the purpose of the Intelligence Gathering Fund.  Of note is that the letter was issued while former GSU Commander Glenn Caliz was still in office.  The letter reads, “a review of expenses incurred from the Intelligence Gathering Fund has drawn concern as to what is the intended purpose of such fund.  We are of the opinion that the Intelligence Gathering Fund which is self explanatory by nature should be used to pay for tips that lead to an arrest or that leads to the confiscation of drugs and ammunition.  Therefore, we are asking for your guidance in establishing the proper usage of the fund and what expense or expenses are classified to be intelligence gathering.” News Five has tried reaching out to C.E.O. Lovell for comment on the matter, but our calls have since gone unanswered.

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