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Nov 12, 2013

8 men charged for a container with substance to produce crystal meth

Tonight, eight men remain in lockdown in San Ignacio following the discovery of what are believed to be chemicals used in the manufacture of the drug methamphetamine. A Police Quick Response Team was on patrol in the Bullet Tree area when they noticed a container truck parked on the side of the road near the Bullet Tree Police Substation. A subsequent search resulted in the discovery of ten plastic drums with contents unknown within the container. It is believed that the container entered the country illegally, bypassing the border entry point. On Monday eight persons from Corozal and San Ignacio were detained while tests were conducted on the contents of the drums. Tonight two of those drums have been tested – one contained hydrochloric acid and the other contained ammonium hydroxide, both used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth. That comes as no surprise to Police, whose investigation has proceeded with dispatch.

 

Supt. Ralph Moody, O.C., San Ignacio Police Station

Ralph Moody

“The Police officers they have conducted investigation into the matter, where they discovered that they have ten plastic container inside a freight. Later investigation into the matter also detained eight male persons who we have for pending investigation.”

 

Reporter

“Were you all able to say what are the contents of the vehicle or why the contents are under suspicion?”

 

Supt. Ralph Moody

“Well Jules, we suspect that these substances might be use for some processing of some form of drugs. And that is the reason why we brought the lab to assist us in verifying the contents.”

 

Reporter

“It is certainly…the area it was caught in, I know that area is what you call a hot area for illegal cross border movements. Is that something that attracted the attention of the QRT?”

 

Supt. Ralph Moody

“Yes that is an area that we continue to do patrols due to the fact that lot of illegal activity occur in that area.”

 

Reporter

“Now, these items are not labeled from what I am told. We don’t know for certain what is in there, but is it your suspicion that the cargo is illicit in one ofr of the other in terms that it is uncustomed, it is undeclared, it is uncertified…I don’t think they have any papers to say it is X, Y, or Z.”

 

Supt. Ralph Moody

“We suspect that they don’t have any document. We requested for it; they don’t produce any document. The area that they brought in those container is not a port of entry. They should have brought it through the border at Benque Viejo del Carmen.”

 

Pending tests on the other eight drums, the eight men in custody have been charged by the Customs Department for recklessly acquiring controlled goods and dealing in uncustomed goods. It is believed that those charges are just the tip of the iceberg, as Police are expected to lay more serious charges on Wednesday.  

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4 Responses for “8 men charged for a container with substance to produce crystal meth”

  1. Truth says:

    How funny, both officials and higher ranks are very well aware of the illegal entry and the police station in bullet tree are also in it. how else will it by pass without difficulty. The other day police had check point at the entrance to bullet tree, first bus stop coming from San Ignacio. I told him, I have question, why are you doing check point here when you are fully aware that the illegal point of entry is across the bridge by River Side Resort. He replied the officials there are the ones responsible and in turn I replied many a times I have passed by and see the containers pass to and from . No one appears to search them or on other occasions you see a person off the truck runs with a paper inside to the police station and out. Nothing else happens there after. Cargo in and out of Belize. He said there are some officials that don’t do their jobs. I am like OK. Then do something about it.

  2. Teddy Steinway says:

    They didn’t break no law. Another dude pulled the same stunt at the port. He didn’t break no law. Precursors to make meth are legal. If those barrels tip in the truck there’d be a disaster.

  3. Beano breath says:

    Sounds like major part of the police force strategy planning is corrupt, or their immediate subordinates are corrupt. Which one is closer to cabinet is a starting point to figure out the source of the rot. Arty Salvidar seems to be in line for action. Is it going to be him, or everyone under him?

  4. Hatari says:

    This illegal entry/exit point near Bullet Tree Falls has been in operation for years. Condoned and protected by the local ministers and big name smugglers who prevent the police and BDF from shutting it down. There is no telling how much contraband has flowed through this illegal hole in our fence. The corruption in our Belize is out of control and will eventually bring us down. We the people are the only ones that can stop it and stop it we must. Vote these criminals out of office and then watch the new representatives like hawks.

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