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Sep 14, 2018

Acting Prime Minister Reacts to Drug Plane Bust

Acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber today chimed in on the recent drug plane landing in northern Belize for which two Mexicans and three Belizeans including superintendent of police, David Chi, have been charged. The fourteen million dollar cargo on board the CESSNA plane was cocaine packed in bales.  Faber says that Belize is a victim of the narco-trafficking trade because of its strategic location for drugs heading to the US.  The arrest of the top cop, says Faber, gives the department a black eye.

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Acting Prime Minister

“The reason why drug planes see Belize as a target is because we are a small nation, we don’t have the ability to police the borders in the manner in which…it is evident that planes that land here and other transhipment that goes on, passes through Belize in an effort to get to the United States. If we were not geographically located here, that kind of trouble would not exist for us. And so we must always remember that and keep that in mind. I think it was Commissioner Whylie who said there are good cops and bad cops; even in our own families, there are some members that are wayward and some that are doing the right things. This is how it is. Once there are human beings involved in any entity, there will be that element of wrongdoing at times. And so it puts a really black eye on the police if that is indeed the case. I believe that people are innocent until proven guilty, but if it is that police officers—especially the kind of senior ranking police officers that we’ve been hearing about are involved in that—then that is indeed sad and in fact we ought to be taking measures against such officers who are giving the department a black eye.”

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