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Dec 3, 2018

Belize Authorities Investigate Aborted Plane Landing

New details surfaced over the weekend regarding the drug plane which attempted to land in Belize early on Friday morning. Approximately one thousand five hundred kilos of cocaine were confiscated by agents of the Federal Police and the Mexican Army after the plane made an unexpected landing at the Chetumal International Airport. Early on Friday morning, police in Corozal and Orange Walk were notified of a low-flying aircraft in the area. Police responded and found edge lights installed on the sides of the road on the Progresso Road in Corozal. The drug traffickers diverted the plane after they learned that police got wind of their narcotic operation. The Beechcraft brand Hawker model jet was allowed to land at the airport in Chetumal after authorities there received a distress call from the pilot who was reporting mechanical failure. Witnesses say they saw at least two crew members exit the twelve ‘seater’ aircraft in a rush and with only one suitcase in hand. The men reportedly ran to the western end of the runway into some bushes before hopping over the fence and escaping. Also found in the plane were other items such as a satellite phone and a ground-air radio. The drugs were taken to Mexico’s Attorney General Office. Here in Belize, authorities have three persons detained for questioning. ACP Joseph Myvett explained that a shootout occurred between officers and the suspects. 

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Friday the thirtieth of November, sometime around one-thirty a.m. police were called to the San Esteven/Progression Road in the Orange Walk District where upon arrival they observed a number of portable fluorescent lights lining a part of the road as well as some revolving lights in the eastern and western area where the lights were. No one was found in the area. This was as a result of information of a low flying aircraft in that area. Sometime after three forty a.m. Corozal police responded to the said information by way of the Pueblo Nuevo Ferry road encountered two persons on motorcycles who were followed by two pickups that had occupants in the back. The police officers were fired upon by these persons. Police have since impounded one vehicle which was left at the ferry. An in continuing in relation to the said investigation, on Saturday the first December someone around four p.m. one Armando Pott, twenty-six-year vegetable vendor of Xunox Village accompanied by a seventeen-year-old minor, reported that sometime around one a.m. on Friday thirtieth November while he was southbound he left Xunox en route to Belize City to sell vegetables when he was stopped in this very said area by four armed persons in a dodge pickup. As a result himself and his companion was tied up and left there. He later unloosed himself some half an hour later where he too observed those lights. Police investigation into these three incidents which may or may not be connected continues.”

 

Reporter

“We know that on that same day a plane with a large amount of drug was found at the Chetumal Airport, is that related? “

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“At this point in time we do not whether or not that is related to this incident but we are aware from the Chetumal media that this occur.”

 

Reporter

“Do you have any suspects base on the vehicles?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I believe three persons are in custody being interviewed in relation to this investigation.”

 

Reporter

“Are they known persons of interest in this sort of plane landing business?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No I will not disclosed that at this point in time.”

 

The impounded vehicle has Belize license plates and police are working to determine the owner.

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