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Sep 29, 2011

Cuban national made his own refinery

Roberto Igarza Velasquez, a Cuban national and a mechanic of Calle de Las Americas, Belmopan, is in police custody following the discovery of what is described as an illegal oil refinery on the Western highway. The refinery was discovered on September eighteenth near Belize Christian Academy, about a mile from Belmopan. Igarza was present during the search and police also determined that in addition to residing illegally in Belize, he is also the bearer of a United States permanency card.  The operation was producing kerosene and diesel in industrial commercial quantities. It is believed that the products were being exported and sold locally. Heavy duty equipment such as bulldozers, tractors and cranes were also found at the site.  It is believed that the refinery had been in operation for a year, but that hasn’t been confirmed. There are still many unanswered questions about the operation and it is unclear how it escaped the eyes of the authorities, to whom Igarza was selling the products or the level of production. Interpol and the Immigration Department have been called in and so has the Department of the Environment because of the environmental degradation caused to the area.

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20 Responses for “Cuban national made his own refinery”

  1. DonPepe says:

    And the GOB cant do nothing to make diesel here in Belize and now we got a Cuban doing it here, WTF, we should put this Cuban as a minister, maybe fuel goes down then. THIS IS WHAT U SHOULD WORRY ABOUT GOB TO TRY MAKE IT BETTER FOR OUR PEOPLE.

  2. Ricky Malthus says:

    Here is an entrepreneur in the purest classical sense, and who has created at least seven meaningful jobs for Belizeans, and we close him down. His crime: to do good for Belize. But I deduce that the local gas stations felt he should not take business away from them . Therefore they are putting the squeeze on him. What a dirty, shameful, reprehensible people and legal system. They called in Interpol,FBI, CIA, KGB,MI5-6, and of course Environment Dept.. All because the guy is showing us how to make a living independently. Investors, welcome to Belize. Belize is run by Knuckleheads and Colonialists. Keep the people down and oppressed, Ha Ha, Ha Ha.

  3. Ricky Malthus says:

    Here is an entrepreneur in the purest classical sense, and who has created at least seven meaningful jobs for Belizeans, and we close him down. His crime: to do good for Belize. But I deduce that the local gas stations felt he should not take business away from them . Therefore they are putting the squeeze on him. What a dirty, shameful, reprehensible people and legal system. They called in Interpol,FBI, CIA, KGB,MI5-6, and of course Environment Dept.. All because the guy is showing us how to make a living independently. Investors, welcome to Belize. Belize is run by Knuckleheads and Colonialists. Keep the people down and oppressed, Ha Ha, Ha Ha.

  4. junkman says:

    people people please stop and think we need this man to work for us he is an export on fuel making diesel and kerosene who knows can he produce gasolene for our local market ? please mr. goverment give the man the equipment and the facilities to work for us we need talent not street gangs please if any one is hearing me out there please lets not wisper lets shout it out WE NEED TALENT NOT STREET GANGS TALENT LETS KEEP THE MAN TO WORK FOR US PLEASE SUPPORT THIS IDEA PLEASE CALL THE TALK SHOWS CALL THE PM CALL EVERYBODY WHO DRIVES

  5. Victoria says:

    yeah anyone can do anything in Belize

  6. someone says:

    Great innovation! Maybe we should consider granting him proper documentation and let him go through the right process to setup his refinery. We desperately need cheaper gas! Its not a want anymore. We paying almost US$6 per gallon. Not even in the US they pay so much even though they earn twice as much as we do.

  7. R.T. in Vegas says:

    Victoria, you are right. We should be learning from this guy. Besides sounds like the poliice is going on rumors only. They found heavy equipment so what. news 7 said they found a drum of diesel. only one drum. most heavy equipment operators stock more than that around the yard. If this guy can do it, why can’t government of Belize do it. Instead Belize listen to bull**** that is why we see little progress.

  8. MH says:

    we need to give this man a medal, BTW who said nobody can refine oil in belize?? those who said NO shud be hiding in shame…

  9. Reality check says:

    why arrest him, give him a job, lecture at UB, job with dept of geology. we need immigrants with skills like this.

  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    Belizeans crying about unemployment while foreigners go to Belize and create their own jobs.It just shows that we don’t know what we’ve got and how blessed we are.We take everything for granted and want everything to be given to us.Make this man the Minister of Natural Resources he seems to be more creative than our leaders.

  11. The Truth says:

    Why did they arrest the man? Should have hired him instead….LMAO!!!

    Take that GOB!!!!

  12. ABC says:

    I agree with Elgin and many others, he should be Minister at MNR, bet Gaspar Vega doesn’t know a thing about resources, only the resources available for him to spend lavishly. The man had to do his own refining since bloody gas prices are killing all of us, great idea!

  13. Manu Zales says:

    What a disgrace… This is why I have always think that our independence simply started in 1981. Believe it or not we are fully under the US control. Our present Government had done some good moves with the recent nationalizations, however BNE will remain the biggest challenge. There is no reason why we couldn’t explore and refine our own fuel. But certainly by that time we will already be classified as a socialist country. But nothing wrong with it.

  14. c says:

    he gets jailed but the MOW men with guns at midnight get bailed… Belize a good country!

  15. all4belize says:

    This man has knowledge and a skill that we need. Let him legitimize his business and teach belizeans how to do it. He could employ people and we could get a break at the pump. Instead of promoting and encouraging entrepeneurship we are brokering gang truces which shows that our priorities are obviously misdirected. The good people of Belize need jobs and cheaper diesel.

  16. belizeanpride says:

    IT’S A CLASSICAL SHOW OF HOW THE GOV. WORKS, TRY SOMETHING FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE AND THE GOV. TRIES TO CHOKE YOU DOWN, DO AN UPRISING FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE YOU GET JAIL, VOICE YOUR OPINIONS AND THEY ACT DEAF LIKE STUPIDS.
    WTF IS WRONG WITH THE GOV. INSTEAD OF GIVING THIS GUY A CHANCE TO PROVE HIS TALENT AND ENSURE THAT OTHERS LEARN FROM HIM JAILS THE MAN. DAMN!! WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT TAKE TALENT TO THE TABLE AND TRY SOMETHING BUT DUE TO BRAINLESS GOV. PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS TRY TO BRING DOWN THE PEOPLE TRYING TO PROSPER WILL ALWAYS KEEP US IN A THIRD WORLD LEVEL. JEEZ SOME ONE WHO LIKE TO RUN THEIR MOUTH LIKE SISSY MUST HAVE CALLED POLICE ON THE GUY INSTEAD OF BRING THE GUY TO A MEETING AND SAY PLEASE KEEP TRYING AND WE’LL PROVIDE THE TOOL NEEDED FOR THIS IDEA OF YOUR. MEIN WE’RE SCREWED WITH THIS INEPT GOV.

  17. belizeanpride says:

    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME I BELIEVE. IN SHIPYARD O.W A MENNONITE TRIED ONCE BUT SEEMS LIKE THE SAME THING HAPPEN. SO, IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT IF I TRY TO INVENT SOMETHING BENEFICIAL FOR THE GOV. I HAVE TO BEG HIM FOR LICENSE AND PERMISSION TO WORK ON MY TALENT AND ABILITIES INSTEAD OF GIVING ME A PUSH TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR OF SOME THING THEY’LL JAIL MY CANDY, THAT’S RIDICULOUS.

  18. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Yeah right to all the other comments this is a bone head idiotic government we have here but actually it is just a part of their plan to keep the people of Belize down and poor while their kind gets richer and richer. I say set Roberto Igarza Velasquez free and grant him citizenship so other Belizeans can learn from him you bone heads, don’t worry the revolution is coming soon and all of you will be ran away from this country.

  19. FN&***&MODERATOR!!! says:

    CONGRATS ! CUBAN BROTHER, WE NEED YOUR HELP, PLEASE DON`T GIVE UP, WE ARE WITH YOU ALL THE TIME, PLEASE DON`T GIVE UP.

  20. junkman says:

    i still insist>>>>>>TAKE THE MAN OUTA JAIL OFFER HIM A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT TO WORK FOR US SHOW US HOW TO PRODUCE THE KEROSENE DIESEL AND GASOLENE SO THAT WE CAN HELP OURSELF TO EARN THE RESPECT OF THE WORLD BY DOING FOR OURSELF BILL LINDO I AM ASHAME OF YOU TO NOT SUPPORTING THIS CUBAN AFTER HE HAS BEING SO PRODUCTIVE IN OUR COUNTRY WITH ALMOST NOTHING BUT HE PRODUCE<< BILL LINDO YOU DA DI ONE WHO ALWAYS THE BOAST THAT WE CAN AND SHOULD PRODUCE OUR OWN WEALTH I WANNA HEAR YOU NOW STANDING UP FOR THIS CUBAN PRODUCER WHO HAS SHOW US THAT I CAN BE DONE YES BILL LINDO ME SEY SO

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