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Apr 10, 2018

AG Michael Peyrefitte Suspicious about Belize’s Designation as a Narcotics Transshipment Point

Belize has been designated for the third year by the United States as a major transshipment point for the trafficking of drugs to North America.  Other countries within Central America and the Caribbean have also been named under that description.  But is the recent report issued by the U.S. Department of State credible, since Belize was never consulted prior to gathering information that has since been published?  According to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, data contained within the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report is perhaps unreliable given the U.S. government’s failure to collaborate with local authorities in putting together its assessment.  While the report states that Belize’s attempts at mitigating the flow of drugs through the country are stymied by various challenges, the AG says that the U.S. should provide more information to local officials in order to arrest narco-trafficking activities.


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“I haven’t been able to see the official release or the official documentation on it, but that’s another country’s assessment of what’s going on in Belize.  I would like for them to produce for the government the evidence that they have to say that we are a major transshipment point before I agree with them.  Not because they say it’s so means that I will readily agree with them.  The people who normally put out these reports don’t cooperate with us on that level.  So I am very wary and, to be honest with you, suspicious of any reports that they put out like that because we have no way of verifying what they are saying.  They don’t often trust us, they don’t often trust us with information and so any assessment that they bring out; we don’t trust that assessment either.  We don’t know.  Indeed, people can point to say well, you have these abandoned planes here and there and whatever, but at the same time without any evidence to say what was in those planes, how can you say for sure what was in them.  So if they have information, we would love that information and if they have that information for the purpose of helping us resist the temptation for people to come to Belize to transship drugs we would gladly participate in ensuring that that doesn’t happen because we have a serious fight against that as well.  We don’t condone that, we don’t support the transshipment of drugs.  But without the cooperation of these people who pass judgment on us, how can we do more to say then that we expected this to be the assessment.”

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