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Jan 8, 2019

An Informant Comes Forward and Calls Out Police Department for Complicity in Transnational Drug Activities

The name Edward Martinez may ring a bell. He is a former self-admitted contrabandista and also the brother of a government minister. Martinez has been posting critical information on Facebook in respect of drug plane landings in Belize. Though police have not always been successful in apprehensions, Martinez has been on the bottom with some of the landings. Today, he appeared before the media for almost two hours and provided detailed accounts of his information. He named senior high ranking officers involved with the narco-traffickers and drug cartels and at least one elected area representative. While some of the information can be corroborated, not all can so with abundance of caution, those names won’t be repeated. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The incidence of unauthorized aircrafts traversing Belizean airspace, as well as landings in the far reaches of the country, has increased considerably over the past twelve months.  Sightings of low-flying planes circling above rural areas in the dead of night are now a frequent occurrence, so too are the vestiges of those that successfully touched down, discharged of illicit contents and destroyed by fire.  Despite a so-called intelligence-led effort by law enforcement to capture and seize, one man says he is ahead of the police department and can prove with certainty that there is collusion and complicity within its ranks.


Edward Vincent Martinez, Whistle-blower

“We have heard on countless occasions governmental officials are saying police is never involved.  In 2010, we proved that different, but those ones that were involved with the drug plane on the Southern Highway they ended up getting exonerated.”


It is a recurring account of transnational drug activity involving local police officers at all levels, one that Edward Vincent Martinez seems to know all too well.


Edward Vincent Martinez

“November 29th, 2016, there was a landing in La Democracia.  That landing in La Democracia was facilitated by drug cartels and the product on the plane was removed by police officers.”


The plot is similar to a recent bust near Barranco Village where a single engine aircraft was confiscated.  Not far away was Police Constable Peter Graham.  He was nabbed while attempting to flee the area, reportedly in possession of aviation fuel, as well as a seat that had been removed from the plane.  Contrary to what has been published, Martinez alleges that a loading operation had in fact taken place at the location.


Edward Vincent Martinez

“The plane in Barranco came to pick up a cargo that was dropped off days before by a plane that landed directly behind Georgetown Technical High School which was met by some of the same crash dummies that they called their names pertaining to that plane in Barranco.  It was discharged, refueled and was allowed to fly.”


Martinez’s information, for the most part, appears to be well-placed, despite not being able to provide even an iota of evidence today to prove his many assertions.  Authentic, simply because he has been fairly accurate with details of where and when suspected drug planes would arrive in country.


Edward Vincent Martinez

“All my posts always have, if not a geographical landing area or a Google landing area  and each time it hits on the nose.”


The police department, as reluctant as it has been when it comes to the whistle-blower, is aware of his knowledge.  Acting Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, prior to Martinez coming forward.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Acting Commissioner of Police

“I can assure you that if any information is revealed that we believe to be credible and warrants police investigation then we will move to do our own investigation to see if we can confirm or deny those allegations.”


Those claims being made by Martinez are quite bold, listing senior officers who are purportedly involved in illegal activities with Mexican cartels.  For want of material proof we will not name those officers.


Edward Vincent Martinez

“Any name that I call I will present evidence to support it because nowadays da Belize ya, people noh like di facts, dehn wahn bawl pan, “I will lawyer up.  Ah wahn sue yo.”  I am inviting them to do it, because the evidence that I have, trust me, not only I believe that they will be fired, they probably will be prosecuted.”


Those details also have a lot to do with the seizure of a huge quantity of cocaine in northwestern Orange Walk District, in the vicinity of Tres Leguas.  Two Mexicans and three Belizeans, including former Commanding Officer of the Orange Walk police formation, Superintendent David Chi, and Police Constable Norman Anthony were arraigned on charges related to that bust.


Chester Williams

“I am not going to divulge to the public the results or the nature of our operations that we did up north.  Whatever information was obtained from those operations we are surely acting on them and we continue to do whatever follow-up that needs to be done where those information are concerned.”


But Martinez says he has the facts on what went down with Anthony‘s subsequent arrest.


Edward Vincent Martinez

“If you recall the press conference from the police on that drug plane, I heard them say they investigated the matter for forty-eight hours and the first statement from them was that Mr. Anthony had nothing to do with it.  If the media was sharp on it, they would have caught on.  Mr. Anthony was at home the said night.  He was not detained for no longer than a couple hours.  The reason why he was charged is because the fear of evidence, somebody anonymously called them and told them, “listen to me, if yoh noh charge da man deh, ah wahn reveal certain things.”  And that was how miraculously later you hear the man was being charged.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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