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Dec 4, 2018

Another Suspected Drug Plane Spotted in the South?

Chester Williams

The frequency of drug planes landing in northern Belize is on the rise and cause for great concern. But tonight there is a report of a suspected drug plane landing at the other end of the country, in southern Belize. The Police Department says it has been working around the clock to seize the illegal narcotics trade, but more than often only the abandoned planes are found. Arrests have been rare.  The illicit cargo would slip through the hands of the authorities who arrive on scene to find the vestiges of aircrafts deliberately set of fire as the pilots and narco-traffickers escape undetected. In only one instance were two Mexicans and three Belizeans, including former Orange Walk Commander, Superintendent David Chi, charged for the landing of the plane containing one thousand two hundred and twenty-six pounds of cocaine in Tres Leguas, Orange Walk. In another case on the Coastal Road, a group of Guatemalan men were detained and soon enough released, for fifteen bales of cocaine.   On Monday, residents from the Gales Point Manatee area spotted a low flying aircraft around three o’clock in the afternoon. Acting Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that officers were deployed and checks made, but they were not able to confirm if any landing took place.


Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“We have received the information and we have made checks and we have not been able to verify if indeed that is the case. We have also checked the airstrip in the area and it shows no signs of a plane having been land. Yes, the people within the area said that they saw the plane flying low but we have not been able to confirm its landing.”

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