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Dec 3, 2018

Leader of the Opposition Weighs In on Suspected Drug Plane Landings

When we caught up with Leader of the Opposition John Briceño, we asked him for comment on the recent landings of suspected drug planes in the north. Briceño says we need to put a stop to these illegal aircrafts to send a clear message that Belize is not a drug transit.  Briceño also had strong views on why there have been multiple landings in Belize. He believes that protection is being provided to narco-traffickers. Here’s what Briceño had to say when asked if G.O.B. is doing enough to address this growing problem.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“No. We are not. It is obvious that there are high officials in government that are somehow involved either directly or indirectly with all of these plane landings. That is why they are coming to Belize because they feel that they have a green light. They are just not doing that on a whim, but it is because I think that they believe they have the green light to be able to do some of this. I think that the government is not putting some of the proper resources. I have been told that there is a special radar that the government needs to get its hands on; a radar that will be able to track all planes that are coming into Belize from before they come in to Belize and even if they are to turn off the transponder you can still track them and you know exactly where they are going. And by doing that you have the police and the B.D.F. strategically located where they are going to land. And one of two things are going to happen, either they are not going to land as happened a few days ago and then they have to go somewhere else and two – if they land then we can arrest them and get a hold not only of the drugs but even the people that are involved. We need to put a stop, an end for the use of a Belize a transit on to the bigger markets north of us.”

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