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Jul 15, 2015

Belize on Alert for El Chapo

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Is infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman headed to Belize? While that is the speculation on various Mexican news outlets, there is no indication at the moment that the boss of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, who broke out of a maximum security prison in Altiplano on Saturday, is indeed traveling this way.  Local authorities, however, say they are taking no chances, and the Ministry of National Security has increased safety measures across all border points, including the Belize/Mexico border. Elsewhere in the region, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have also beefed up security measures.   Rumors of El Chapo’s flight to Belize are widespread, insinuating that the long arms of Mexico’s most violent drug gang have extended into the country, where he is being harbored by associates of the Sinaloa Cartel who the US identified in Belize in 2012. While an all-points bulletin has been issued in the event that EL Chapo does surface in Belize, CEO George Lovell told News Five today that the ministry is in communication with U.S. and Mexican authorities to devise a plan of action.  According to Lovell, a memo was sent to Minister of National Security John Saldivar immediately following Saturday’s daring jailbreak.


George Lovell

Ret. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“We were informed of the escape of El Chapo Guzman on Saturday when it occurred, the eleventh of July.  Our special branch and their intelligence have a very good, established network and whenever any incidents like these would occur immediately there is communication and that has been established and that has been done.  So, from Saturday our police officers were informed.  It was brought to my attention that a written notice of the escape has also been provided to the Minister of National Security, the honorable John Saldivar yesterday and I do have a copy of that notice that was given to us by our Mexican embassy.  When we received that information from Saturday, the Commissioner of Police was informed and he in turn sent out an all-points bulletin to all his formations.  So countrywide, especially at the border areas: Santa Elena in Corozal, in Benque and down south in Punta Gorda and even in San Pedro, all our points of entry have been on alert based on that bulletin that was sent out.  We have been communicating with our Mexican counterparts and from all indication there is not anything to suggest that Guzman is in fact traveling at this point in time, especially towards us.  And so we are on alert, our people are notified and if we are to come in contact with anything that requires for the Mexicans or for the authorities to act then I believe that we are poised to act and to act in a very swift manner.”

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5 Responses for “Belize on Alert for El Chapo”

  1. Al says:

    Every criminal knows tht they can hide in plain sight in Belize. I pray if El Chapo reaches Belize that he is captured along with those who belong to this band of killers so that Belize can be seen and known for something good.

  2. kim says:

    REALLY BELIZE!!!! what makes any of you think El Chapo is coming to Belize?
    first of all this man is a billionaire,
    second belize is so behind in everything
    most importantly he is too smart. our government and so call prime minister have no education
    just there because of pull strings. they are all “IDOTS”. head to tail.

  3. lllll says:

    he’s here already, booboos

  4. Power Balls says:

    Keep dreaming @ Al. Changing the topic….he will not enter the border legally or maybe into the free zone in Corozal and from there cross over in any goberment vehicle like most of the time.
    Or by water remember his good friend has a good size boat that travels to the island all the time.
    You guys have to remember if he brived mexicans authorities. What you think will happen with Belize authorities? He has more money than time to spend it.
    Maybe he will bring money into the country but with that all the other bad things that keep following him. Good thing most of the cocaine is just in-transit to the U.S.A.
    I really dont have nothing against Mr.Guzman in a way I admire him because for being illiterate and made so much money in life. I predict that he will not be caught alive. More next time.

  5. La neta says:

    Mexican federales and the PGR is a cesspool. Ask any belizean who brings vehicles from the states through mexico. They will tell you that they have to be careful to evade the zetas as well as the policia federal. You have to have money to pay your quota to the federales and zetas if you want to conserve your life.
    When it comes to the report of the escape of “El Chapo” Let me tell you he escape much before saturday night. And in the video, he had an electronic device where he could have communicated with those preparing the hoist. How could he have this device which is not allowed. Next, why no one was there? How could he take a bath with shoes on? Who was on duty watching the surveillance? Now the mexican government wants to put Belize in its mess, when it is Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto who don’t have is pants on correctly to run his corrupted country and corrupted police and PGR

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