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Apr 6, 2017

Video Exposes Police Picking Up Contraband, Investigation Underway

Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has directed a formal investigation by Professional Standards Branch into a video which first surfaced six weeks ago. The footage obtained by News Five shows police officers, assisted by “run-men” from the area, carrying contraband items up from the Rio Hondo, near the Botes-Santa Cruz river crossing, to a police mobile pickup truck. It has not been reported for what purpose the items were to be used, but the illegal goods have not been confiscated and handed over to Customs Department, as is the procedure.  According to the ACP Noel Leal, the officers remain unidentified, but when they are, measures will be taken against them. Commissioner Whylie was caught flat-footed with the news on Wednesday during an interview, admitting he had not seen the video which is said to be in wide circulation. Nonetheless, he said it was a matter of concern.



“Are you aware of a Botes situation where police officers were caught on cell phone camera smuggling in stuff from Botes into Santa Cruz and they are seen in a police vehicle taking on contraband items into this police vehicle for passage into Orange Walk?”


Allen Whylie

Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“I haven’t seen it, but you could share it with me if you want.”



“Are you aware such a video exists?”


Allen Whylie

“I have heard but I haven’t seen it.”



“My question is, it something that interest or concerns you that officers were caught on camera using a police patrol vehicle for the smuggling of contraband?”


Allen Whylie

“[It] definitely would be a concern to me, because if it’s wrong doing we will deal with those issues. I mean they are well aware that they should not be utilizing the vehicle for those purposes and more so for contrabanding anything, it’s against the law.”


The fate of the officers remains to be determined.

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3 Responses for “Video Exposes Police Picking Up Contraband, Investigation Underway”

  1. mr.sampler says:

    While this bloody gov. is raising the price of beverages fuel and liquor this scums are stocking for Easter holidays with Mexican beers, how is ya’ll feeling Dean Barrow, isn’t it a shame that because of you sin tax your officers are caught red handed doing contraband with state vehicle for their personal benefit. While when the poor tries to bring in flour, or detergents into the country as contraband the goods are taken away and they are charged fully as a serious crime. How about these scums will they be charged for that?
    Looking at Mr. Allen answer the question seems to be a big cover up as always trying to play low on the shame they are. But really it’s an international shame what the police department is going through and he seems to be cool with that. Bloody scums

  2. Concerned says:

    This happens all the time at the Benque Viejo Free zone

  3. Eye in the Sky says:

    Looking for Mexican beer, liquor, and goods.

    Just visit the home of any Customs agent in Belize. haha

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