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Apr 29, 2019

Another Drug Bust at Local Airline

Alejandro Cowo

There is yet another report of local airlines being used to transport drugs across the country. The most recent incident occurred on Saturday in San Pedro Town. Around four p.m., police were called out to the cargo section of Tropic Air where over five pounds of marijuana were recovered. They were packaged off in twenty-two small parcels and were sent to an individual in San Pedro, whose name is not being disclosed at this time. At the press briefing today, CIB Commander, ASP Alejandro Cowo, told the media that the transhipment of drugs via the local airlines is hard to police because at times it is being sent to bogus persons.

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“San Pedro police were conducting their routine checkpoints at the municipal airstrip in San Pedro; they came across the cargo section of Tropic Air of a box containing twenty-two small parcels of suspected cannabis. As a result police opened the box and when it was weighed, it weighed a total of two thousands three hundred and fifty-six grams of cannabis. No one was found with the box so it was labelled as found property. Based on the information that police is receiving that is where the information is being followed. I know that they are looking for a person who the parcel was addressed to. Sometimes, we know that these parcels are sent in people’s names, but the people do not really exist and that is the challenge that we have sometimes. But whenever we have accurate information and we know who the package is being delivered to, that is where the police do make an arrest sometimes.”


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