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Mar 6, 2013

Drug plane left Cayo and busted in Venezuela

There have been many recent, but unconfirmed reports of low flying planes over Orange Walk and the Southern Highway on the outskirts of Punta Gorda. While only a trail of smoke have been spotted across the skies, a recent bust of a drug plane in South America had a direct trail to western Belize. The plane, an Aero Commander Model, carried U.S. registration number N345MP, left without a flight plan from a licensed airfield in Belize on February twenty-first.  There were no official reports here, but in Venezuela, the Minister of Home Affairs and Justice, Nestor Reverol told the press the following day that its reconnaissance system tracked the plane when it landed at an airfield in Acarigua. Following investigations, the authorities classified it as an illicit flight.  Upon questioning the two persons on board confirmed to Venezuelan authorities that the flight originated from Belize. They have been identified as fifty-one year old Canadian citizen, Sawatzky David William, and thirty-one year old Colombian national, Jorge Bustamante.

Officials of the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Branch performed a drug screening in the aircraft which tested positive for cocaine residue. At the arraignment, the first prosecutor in that jurisdiction, Zoila Fonseca, charged the two men for the crimes of illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, in the modality of transportation, and conspiracy. According to the investigations, the plane had four auxiliary tanks with the capacity for an eight-hour flight but was equipped to carry out a longer flight. The GPS readings revealed that the U.S. plane was programmed to land at an unauthorized airfield and it became clear that it was to be used for illicit drug trafficking activities along the Colombian border. In a search of the plane, four containers with a thirty gallon capacity each, a case of aviation oil, a hose and pump were found. When he was detained, the pilot revealed that he carried out an emergency landing to refuel.

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11 Responses for “Drug plane left Cayo and busted in Venezuela”

  1. Gimme Some Truth says:

    Same plane, different day.
    Hey! They can afford better.
    different plane, same day.

    Just because the Hezbollah passport specials are not meeting financial goals, relax, hang in there.

    Same GOB, same cartel owners; new marketing strategies, coming soon!

  2. Menno says:

    Max, you have a lot of explaining to do, look how you embarrass the Spanish Lookout community. Don’t sell your plane to drug dealers. Mr. Sawatsky, you have brought shame on the Mennonite communities & your family. I hope the prison stinks. Shame on you

  3. mark hall says:

    Why do you hestate to name the airstrip’s owner?

  4. Eye in the Sky says:

    Maybe they were going to Venezuela for Chaves funeral.
    That way the plane will be returned to Belize for someone else to use in the Mennonite mafia.

  5. Al says:

    No problem, did they not just let all the cops and custom agent from the last drug plane deal off. They walked away free, no charges. Who knows, they may be back doing the same thing again. Where is the US, why are they not putting more sanctions on Belize. What is to keep planes from flying terrorists into airports close to the US, making it easy for them to cross over into the US.
    The government of Belize is silent on all this illegal activity, every other government speaks out and take action, not Belize.

  6. Belizean Pride says:

    @ menno
    it’s known here in the west that many time illegal planes stop by with illicit cargoes but nobody says anything. this is not the first nor the last until authorities stop it.
    It is also known that some from these community deal with these things but it’s stereo type that this community are a christian but not all of them, to name names, we know them but it’s up to the law to deal with it. I use to think the same before but not now.

  7. erectus maximus says:

    Throw the book at him! Doesn’t make any difference what faith group you identify with or color your skin-when you caught-you caught! No sympathy for him or his family. And please don’t bring him back to BZ!

  8. Rod says:

    People when are you going to get it Ina unu thick coconut that this pm and gov are part of these drug dealings wake up march.

  9. Bear says:

    Embarrassing and indefensible for our Minister of National Security to have unsecured, unwatched airports for criminals of any type to use. Hon. Saldivar was quick to attack teachers, but he is nowhere to be found when it comes to securing our country and making it safe for us.

    I assume he’s getting rich from his inaction.

  10. Bob says:

    Two foreign evil people using a private strip can’t make the owner nor the community around the strip evil, though it may look like it. They have abused Spanish Lookout airstrip BIG TIME!

  11. Jn Bkrt says:

    @ Eye in the Sky
    You need to do some research on what a Mennonite is. Mennonite is a religion NOT a nationality there is no Mennonite country so for you refer to the Mennonite mafia is insulting, I don’t know what you religion is, if some one from your church got caught smuggling drugs and some one referred to the as your “religion mafia” you would be insulted. Mr Sawatzky might associate himself as a Mennonite but I can tell you that the Mennonite church would never put up with there members to be involve in drug smuggling.

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