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Aug 13, 2012

Illegal gold miners busted miles in the Chiquibul National Park

The first arrests for illegal gold mining in the Chiquibul National Park were made over the weekend during patrols by the Joint Forces Unit based at the Ceibo Chico Conservation Post. The team, which included personnel from the B.D.F., Police and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), first detained two Guatemalan nationals from El Naranjon Village on Friday. They were caught panning for gold in the Upper Ceibo Chico Creek; that’s about eight point one kilometers inside Belizean territory. According to a release from FCD, the two detainees unsuccessfully attempted to escape in the area of the Millonario junction while being transported to the San Ignacio Police Station and have since been charged with Illegal Entry and Illegal Mining. Then on Sunday, the patrol team encountered another group of illegal Guatemalans in Rio Blanco Creek, seven kilometers inside Belize. Three men from Monte Los Olivos Village were detained while another three, who were gold panning twenty meters away, ran from the authorities. One of the feeling suspects, from Zacapa, Guatemala, was caught after he injured his foot on a rock. Not far away, another group of six—also from Monte Los Olivos—was caught panning for gold and with suspected cannabis in their possession.  By the end of Sunday’s patrols, nine adults and one minor were escorted to the San Ignacio Police Station pending charges of drug trafficking, illegal entry, entering a national park without authorization, defacing a natural area, and gold panning. FCD Executive Director, Raphael Manzanero spoke to news five via phone about the arrests.

 

Via Phone: Raphael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“This is a part of the second stage of action undertaken by the joint forces unit in the Ceibo Chico Area. As we had already indicated several weeks ago, we are now entering into the stage in terms of being able to detain and process people who are found in the area of Ceibo Chico, particularly as it relates to gold panning in the area. And so the incident was one where two Guatemalan nationals from the Village of Naranjon, were found in the act of gold panning in the Ceibo Chico Creek. The two Guatemalans are Santiago Choc, who is nineteen years old and the other is Chrisanto Augustine Choc, who is forty-five years old. So these were the two individuals that were found in the area and of course, they were detained and escorted to the San Ignacio Police Station.”

 

Raphael Manzanero

Delahnie Bain

“Were they armed or anything? I know sometimes these encounters are dangerous.”

 

Via Phone: Raphael Manzanero

“In this particular incident—well, all Guatemalans traditionally have machetes so that by itself can be a weapon. But they did not really have any firearms.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So you mentioned, this is the beginning of second phase, so these are the first two that have been arrested so far for illegal mining?”

 

Via Phone: Raphael Manzanero

“Yes, this incident happened on Friday the tenth of August. Two days later, which was on Sunday the twelfth of August that was yesterday, we also came about another entire set of Guatemalans in another area of the south Chiquibul. And in this particular instance another ten Guatemalans were detained and are now being processed at the San Ignacio Police Station at the present moment.”

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7 Responses for “Illegal gold miners busted miles in the Chiquibul National Park”

  1. Storm says:

    Hooray for this good news. It’s a beginning.

    I support training and arming the villagers, and giving them radios to call BDF when poachers, goldminers, loggers, and other illegal entrants are discovered.

  2. Rod says:

    Guatemalans are raping our country and where is our supposed leader in Miami beach spending your hard earned money while we are being slowly taken over by Guatemalans soon unu no wa have to worry bout pup or udp because we will be taken over by Guatemala.

  3. lol says:

    @rod, you’re obsessed with Dean barrow i see…….

    But nevertheless, i agree with u 100% storm..

  4. Belizean says:

    Sounds like Rod would also love to be on a Miami beach!!

  5. ceo says:

    Ever heard of going from Guate-Mala to Guate-Peor!

    Their system of government is messed up. 5% of the populations owns 95% of the land; an olegarchy.

  6. Vansen says:

    @rod, do not lose faith, we will never become part or a foreign country, specially Guatemala. We will defend our land, if the our PM does not do nothing, that does not mean that we will do nothing, of course we will defend our country. A thunder applaud to our security forces, keep it up and we will keep the intruders from entering our territory

  7. The World says:

    Does anyone find it strange that there is never any mention of how much gold was recovered from these Illegal gold miners… Apparently there is no gold in the area, otherwise there would be gold being seized, weighed, photographed, and held as evidence for prosecution of these miscreants. Just a little strange that “Gold Miners” seem to have no gold…

    The World is Watching…

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