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Aug 29, 2012

35 parcels of cocaine, 1.8 million fished in sea near Turneffe

Close to two million Belize dollars worth of cocaine was found this morning in the area of the Turneffe Atoll. The drugs were taken in by the Belize Coast Guard for processing at their headquarters. Interestingly, the bale carried the markings, PZ, which is the same as those on three parcels of cocaine found last week on three fishermen from Copper Bank. It is believed that the drugs are part of a wet drop from Colombia and that more parcels could be floating in the area. News Five’s Jose Sanchez has the details of how the drugs were found.


Jose Sanchez, Reporting

This morning the authorities came across a bale of cocaine. The official version of the story is that a Belize Coast Guard patrol stumbled upon the cocaine somewhere in the thirty miles long area of the Turneffe islands. The Coastguard patrol then took the drugs to the Coastguard Headquarters on the Western Highway where it was processed, weighed and sampled. The police department has been tightlipped so far but News Five has uncovered some details that won’t stay hidden.

Thirty miles from the coast of Belize City, the large expanse of the Turneffe Islands and atoll has become a home for divers, eco tourists and fishing enthusiasts looking for Marlin, sailfish, groupers and tuna. So that is how some tourists who were on the open sea came across the sealed bail. The guides on the boat pulled the bail to shore and according to reliable reports, they then put the bale on a secure location on an island. The guides returned to Belize City and the tourists informed the employer of their guides who in turn called the authorities. The Belize Coastguard retrieved the bale and on their vessel took the drugs to the headquarters where security and activity were already in a heightened state of security for members of the U.S. Southern Command who were at the facility. While members of the Southern Command and Coastguard officials patrolled the grounds, the Scenes of Crime Van, also sponsored by the U.S., was sitting in the yard. The police and officials were on the second floor of the building removing the crocus sack was held together with this yellow tape. After peeling two layers of the crocus sack, a black plastic also held another green bag layer and inside were thirty five parcels which have been positively tested for cocaine. The bricks that were red in color had the marking PZ. Only a week ago, the police made a cocaine bust in Orange Walk and the drugs also had the marking of PZ.


Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer [File: August 20, 2012]

Fitzroy Yearwood

“On Friday the seventeenth August 2012, Police conducted a vehicle check-point at the toll bridge and around nine-ten p.m. they stopped a red geo-prism car with license plate BZD7173 that had five male occupants. As a result, three parcels of suspected cocaine were found; two marking double x and one with the PZ mark. The drugs were weighed in their presence totaling to three thousand four hundred and seventy grams. All five men identified as, Rene Caceres thirty-one years old, Noe Tun thirty years old  fisherman of Chunox Village, Leonardo Tun thirty-two year fisherman, Cornelio Mendez forty years old fisherman and Abimael Ake thirty years of Copper Bank Village were arrested and charged for Drug Trafficking.”



No one has been arrested for this incident and the moderate estimate values the thirty-five parcels to be in the range of one point eight million dollars. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.


We didn’t get any confirmation from the police, but hopefully they will provide further details on Thursday.

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15 Responses for “35 parcels of cocaine, 1.8 million fished in sea near Turneffe”

  1. Storm says:

    Good seizure. We need to make Belize unprofitable for the cartels, who don’t care who they murder for a few dollars.

    I wish we had better equipment, like a seaplane, to do the job, because the methods available to us depend too much on good luck. Still, a good seizure! Good job to all involved.

  2. Rod says:

    Wonder if all these bales will turn into sugar again it’s a terrible thing when you cannot trust your own pm and gov.

  3. busha says:

    The tour guides!!! they were going to go back for it!!! LOL

  4. dunfedup says:

    Who they trying to kid? It’s just chalk!

  5. Storm says:


  6. A Jew says:

    Wow they fished $2 Million from our seas. Glad that this substance was fished by our coast guard and not other people.

  7. A Jew says:

    Wow what a catch by the Belize Coast Guard. It is great that they are the ones that found it. Those parcels need to be all destroyed.

  8. Eye in the Sky says:

    Time to destroy some more Flour and deposit some big cash into some high ranking police retirement bank account.

    In Belize the Poor Stay Poor and the Corrupt Get Richer.

    That is life in the jewel (LOL) Belize.

  9. RAY says:

    GOB can turn it over to US & decrease the JUNKBOND.

  10. Jose says:

    Man, I think when the coast guard hear the americans de round…they turn it in…otherwise…maybe retirement money.. lol! a just d joke. haha

  11. if it was me says:

    Deposit that towards the superbond !!!!!!!

  12. Hatari says:

    Again, just blind luck. If tourists had not been involved you’d be seeing some new gold chains and gansta’ duds being sported around town. The U.S. is equipping the police and coast guard with all the necessary equipment – fast boats, mobile crime labs, K-9′s and providing the training necessary to do a professional job at fighting our crime plague. The problem remains that our political and police bosses do not have the will power to attack the problem. I wonder why our new K-9′s are still sitting in the kennels in Belmopan?

  13. beachman says:

    Can these parcels be used as a partial payment to the superbond note? lol

  14. mob says:

    i want some of those, to the police incharge!!!! hitt me up

  15. govt is stupid! says:

    You and us (the U.S.) wouldn’t be crime plagued if drugs were legal! these cartels did not exist until governments made the substances illegal and created a huge black market for people that just want to feel good for a little while! Yes they may O.D. and die, but no one else made that choice but themselves! So why create this black market and afford to these ruthless criminals the means to kill blindly??

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