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Jun 4, 2018

Another Suspected Drug Plane Makes Wet Drop in the North

Just before news time last Thursday, our newsroom received reports of a suspected drug plane being tracked by local authorities heading north. Despite checks made in Corozal and Orange Walk, there was no confirmation of any illegal landing in Belize. That’s because the aircraft in fact carried out a wet drop in the Rio Hondo River which borders Belize and Mexico between La Union and Revolución, in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco. Mexican authorities have confirmed to media outlet, Linea De Fuega Chetumal, that around six-thirty p.m., a low-flying suspected drug plane offloaded parcels into the river before leaving the area. After a flyover by Mexican Navy on Friday morning, it is believed that the aircraft landed somewhere in Belize or Mexico to refuel before it returned to its place of origin, suspected to be Colombia. According to information gathered so far, after the aircraft discharged its cargo, several packages were collected and picked up by drug dealers traveling in at least three boats. Authorities of the state of Quintana Roo, specifically Mexican Army, Mexican Navy and Federal Police, scoured the area after the wet drop. Earlier this year, there was another suspected drug plane that offloaded illicit cargo into the Rio Hondo and many others have crash landed in northern Belize, which seems now to have become an attractive site for illicit activity. Back in April, Minister of State Elodio Aragon spoke with News Five about the increasing evidence of the illegal drug trade.

 

Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of State, National Security [April 25th, 2018]

“These incidents, they are not good for any country, and definitely the Police Department are looking at strategies on how to counter these things. We must realize that we live in a strategic point in Belize; in terms of the world, South America and North America, we are at a very critical and strategic point for drug trafficking. And these incidents – this is not the first time these incidents have been happening; some come to light and some don’t come to light. But at the end of the day, it is an important issue for the Belize Police Department, for the Ministry of National Security, because we are talking about national security and definitely it concerns us. I know that the senior minister and other senior people were meeting in terms of looking at specific goals and objectives to try to curb and deal with this situation. It is something we have to deal with; it is something that we are not too glad to have and I think no nation likes this kind of stuff; but it is the reality of things right now and we have to deal with it, one way or the other. People have clandestine airstrips all over the place at times. I know the military has to get in and assist, etc… But I do think that we have to begin and look on the technologies that can assist us. We don’t have a radar in this country. We look at our counterparts in Central America, they all have radars and Belize doesn’t have as yet. And these things are timely information because planes land and take off. For us to act on these information, we have to have the proper intelligence, the timely information to act upon. Not having those things takes us some time. In that business it is all about timing. We are concerned about. Definitely the Ministry of National Security is looking at it and we will see how we will work to curb that situation.”

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1 Response for “Another Suspected Drug Plane Makes Wet Drop in the North”

  1. Fungus says:

    Well said, the biggest paid off person in the country by the same drug lords.. fool talk but no fool listen…time to purge belize.

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