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Jan 13, 2014

Belizeans named to contraband ring across the western border

A sting operation recently conducted in Melchor de Mencos has resulted in the arrests of at least thirty-seven individuals believed to be operating a cross-border contraband smuggling ring.  It is alleged that a number of high level Belizean officials, including politicians and law enforcement personnel, are being named in the bust for contraband cigarettes, liquor, corn and lumber.  In the wake of the seizure, Guatemalan authorities met with residents of Melchor where they explained to them the purpose of the sweep.  News Five understands that while the raid took place outside of local jurisdiction Benque Viejo police are aware of the incident.  The operation was a joint collaboration between Central American Regional Security Initiative and CAFTA to promote economic stability and development within the region.

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