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Jan 11, 1999

88 people arrested in National Security sweep

An anti-crime operation over the weekend in the northern districts called, “Operation Brimstone” led to the arrest of eighty-eight people. According to the Ministry of National Security, Operation Brimstone is a response to the increase of robberies and related crimes in Orange Walk and Corozal. Targeted were those involved with illegal firearms, drug trafficking, handling of uncustomed goods, immigration and traffic violations. The Ministry of Immigration and National Security says thirty-eight people were arrested for immigration offenses, seventeen for uncustomed goods, eight for traffic offenses, twenty-one for drug related offenses and eighteen were detained for other petty crimes. Small amounts of marijuana and cocaine were confiscated. The operation had the joint cooperation of the police department, the Belize Defense Force, Customs, Immigration and Transport Departments.

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