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May 10, 2018

Big Drug Bust in West; Weed Abandoned by Fleeing Traffickers

On the heels of the confiscation of some thirty pounds of marijuana in the San Antonio Village, the police department is reporting yet another huge drug bust in the west. On Wednesday afternoon, around two o’clock, police intercepted a Great Wall Wingle loaded with cannabis from Guatemala en route to Belize City, during a joint operation in Teakettle Village.  Noting that the police were on their tail, the driver of the vehicle evaded the police by crashing into a hill before he and his accomplice fled the scene and escaped into nearby bushes, leaving the vehicle behind. Inside were two sacks with eighteen point two-five and eight point one-eight kilograms each of imported weed; that’s less than sixty pounds of the drugs. Police investigations have since uncovered that the pickup with license plate number B.C. five-six-one-eight-five was rented by a Belize City resident and later used in the commission of the crime. While the drugs and vehicle were taken to the police station, Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo says it seems that the weed being brought in from neighboring Guatemala appears to be cheaper.

 

Eric Mendez

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“San Ignacio police whilst in the Teakettle Village, they intercepted a blue in color wingle with Belize City license plates and as a result, they observed two male persons running out of the vehicle. Upon inspection of the vehicle, police found two crocus bag containing cannabis behind the driver’s seat. The cannabis was weighed and amounted to twenty-six point forty-five kilograms, equivalent to almost sixty pounds of cannabis. Police is so far looking for two male persons that were seen fleeing from the vehicle.”

 

Duane Moody

“Are these persons known to police?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“We have information that one of them is from Belize City.”

 

Reporter

“Do you have any idea where these drugs originated from…”

 

Duane Moody

…and where they were heading?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well we suspect that they were coming to Belize City and they came from our neighboring border.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir so what is police doing to address this kind of narco-trafficking?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well there are several checkpoints within the highways and if you have noticed during our past briefings, you have been hearing of police intercepting several vehicles on either highway and the amount of drugs that is being confiscated is very large. So police is constantly patrolling our highways to stop this importation of drugs from Guatemala into Belize.”

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