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Aug 28, 2017

Gangs’ Warfare Blamed for Surge in Murders

There have been as eight murders in the city this month and all indications are that the killings have broken the fragile truce.  Today, Eastern Division South’s Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal told the media that the division is doing everything to curb the violence but that what we are seeing on the streets is only part of what is resulting from the drug trade. Here’s what he told reporters today.

 

Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“We have made several changes in this regard. First of all, we must understand this is not something out of the ordinary for this year. If we look at the statistics for January of this year, there were seven murders as well in that one month. We are looking at our deployments, we are looking at our intelligence given that recently these matters are gang related; so we are given a number of information of where these incidents are occurring and we are addressing them as we speak.”

 

Marco Vidal

Reporter

“Can you say if this is highly gang related and what really is leading to all this situation?”

 

Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal

“Right, you must understand that gang elements thrive on a number of sources of funding and one main source of funding is the sale of drugs and once the network of that sale is expanded then it obviously brings turf war because they want to expand their business. And this is to a large extent what we are seeing and this in fact is what we anticipated would have happened. You would have noticed also that for the past month and a half we have been targeting these persons for the sale of drugs. And we have in fact seized a number of drugs and you will recall two weeks ago we launched an operation commandeered by Mister Broaster where we did country wide operations and Belize Coty was no exception. And these people are being targeted; we targeted elements within Belize City and their suppliers from out district.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, as it relates to keeping the peace among the gangs; is there anything that your office or the EDS is doing on that front? We know that we had all the different activities happening under the previous commander and there was seemingly – or an apparent peace we are seeing in the city for a few months; where does that stand right now? Now it seems everything has just flared up in the past week or two weeks?”

 

Sr. Supt. Marco Vidal

“Right certainly; and you have to understand, as you said just now, seemingly there was peace. But if there was peace there would be no reason for there not to be peace today. But obviously there was none. What was happening was that these elements thought they could expand certain activities once they were not committing murders. But then these same activities that they are expanding eventually lead to murders, so then what we are seeing is a bit of implosion of this situation.”

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