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Apr 7, 2016

Was Drug Cartel Involved in Former Minister’s Scare in Chetumal?

Col. George Lovell (Ret'd)

Was a Belizean businessman and former Minister really targeted by a drug cartel as he vacationed in Chetumal at the Fiesta Inn a week ago? He claims he was, and went to one media house to give an extended interview on his allegedly nightmarish ordeal. The well-known Belizean outlined a scenario in which he and his companions were in grave danger and had to be evacuated by military personnel from Chetumal. The shocking story hasn’t quite gotten the attention you’d think it would have – perhaps because it’s an incredible one, or perhaps we’ve never heard about an incident quite like that in Chetumal, a weekend home to so many Belizeans. Today News Five confirmed that something did happen, though, and a call for urgent assistance was sent to the Ministry of National Security which called in its counterparts in Chetumal. But was a drug cartel involved?


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell, CEO, Ministry of National Security

“We do have our friends over in Chetumal you know, so if a request is made for them to assist, we sometimes lend…or quite often if there is danger, or life is being threatened, we render assistance.”



“Did the Ministry get involved in this case?”


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell

“Yes we had rendered assistance.”



“Is there any situation where Belizeans going over to Chetumal are in danger…I would assume you all have also done an assessment?”


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell

“It seems to me that this was an isolated incident and one where the persons that were involved made a request and we had rendered assistance.”



“From what you all were able to investigate…is there some credibility to what is being said?”


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell

“It appears so from the feedback I got. There were calls made. What we don’t know is if the people to whom blame was apportioned were in fact the ones who orchestrated this. It would have been that some ‘wannabe,’ someone who knows who the target was, who thought that was an opportunity for them to extort, could have done this themselves and not necessarily the organized criminal elements that the media reports are alluding to. We don’t know.”

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3 Responses for “Was Drug Cartel Involved in Former Minister’s Scare in Chetumal?”

  1. jack says:

    thats ok for employment

  2. jack says:

    that’s ok for employment only but not to public access

  3. Marie says:

    This sounds like a stupid move sending our soldiers in harms way when they don’t even have details of how things transpored. Mexico should handle it’s national problems even if it involves Belizean for doing stupidness in their country.

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