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Nov 12, 2018

A Suspected Drug Plane or a Legit Aircraft in Sarteneja?

At today’s press briefing, police say they can’t say if a plane flying up north was involved in any illicit activity because there is no evidence to support that.  The single engine aircraft was spotted at the Sarteneja airstrip for several hours on Sunday. The plane reportedly landed around nine in the morning, but it didn’t take off until some six hours later just before authorities visited the scene to investigate.  Police say that they have only just come into some new information and are hoping that it will help to get more concrete answers:


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Corozal police was made aware that an aircraft had landed on the Sarteneja airstrip. As a result, the officer posted in Sarteneja was deployed to the area to make checks and in the same process, other officers from within the north were deployed to the same area. However, the officer from the area stationed in Sarteneja, while going in the direction of the airstrip, saw that he aircraft had taken off. It is a single engine aircraft and was seemingly there from around nine a.m. and took off from around three p.m. on yesterday’s date.”



“Has the investigation turned up any reason why, with a police officer stationed in Sarteneja that nobody knew that the aircraft landed at least six hours before police were actually called out?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Actually someone in that specific area owns one of those single engine aircraft so didn’t raise any suspicion.”



“At this time, based on preliminary information, do police know if something illicit happened?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“No. We do not know at this time and we do not want to speculate. We are looking at some other information that we gathered today and so we do not want to speculate as to whether or not any illicit activity would have been carried out or was carried out.”


A number of drug planes have been found abandoned near Progresso so that persons in that area have become suspicious. Unconfirmed reports are that the aircraft is registered to someone from the area and police say that they are yet to find out if the department of civil aviation has a record of flight plan.

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