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Apr 10, 2019

Detained Coast Guard Officer is on His Own in Guatemala

The same cannot be said for Pedro Colomer, a coast guard officer from Dangriga.  His fate is entirely up to the Guatemalan justice system and his bosses here in Belize aren’t lifting a finger to go beyond wishing him well.  That’s because Colomer failed to show up to work in Belize City last Friday; neither did he contact the headquarters or provide an adequate explanation for his absence.  Not only does his arrest give the Belize Coast Guard a black-eye, he is still subject to internal discipline upon his release from prison.  All four men were nabbed in Livingston where they were discovered with a shotgun, a handgun and several rounds of ammunition.  It is not believed that the men smuggled the weapons into Guatemala.  In fact, they may have been attempting to return to Belize with the guns when they were busted.


Elton Bennett

Captain Elton Bennett, Vice Commandant, Belize Coast Guard

“As we are aware, he is still being detained in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.  The case was scheduled for today Wednesday, April tenth.  We have not yet received the outcome of that case, so as soon as we find out exactly what occurred then we will be able to better understand exactly what direction we take from here.  The status as is right now is absent.  We have our internal disciplinary mechanism that will take its toll as it relates to any absentee.  In addition to that, there are more infractions as it relates to the disciplinary code of conduct in which he is obviously in violation of that will come to play as well. Indeed we are very embarrassed about this situation, it’s a member of the Belize Coast Guard and the infraction committed by himself is an international violation in that weapons and ammunition is something that the coast guard is involved with enforcing those illegal weapons and firearms, so for a member of the coastguard to be involved with such incidents definitely is a black eye for us.  We will treat the incident with the level of diligence that it deserves in terms of proper investigation to see exactly what the outcome would be based on the criminal aspect coming out of Guatemala.  However, it has already, as you mentioned, brought the coast guard into disrepute.  So we will also look at that possible breach of discipline because of that incident.”

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  1. Garry says:

    What a shame ..
    .dumbo one is innocent until proven guilty imagine this guy represents

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