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Sep 11, 2019

Four men are charged for a drug bust at an illegal airstrip off the Coastal Road

Police are moving swiftly with charges relating to one of the biggest drug busts in Belize. Four of six foreigners were arraigned today for the drug plane that landed at an illegal airstrip off the Coastal Road on Sunday night. The group comprises of two Honduran nationals, a Mexican pilot and a commercial pilot from Ecuador.  Two others were arrested in the drug bust but have not been charged. Four bales of cocaine containing more than one thousand pounds of the white stuff were confiscated by the police. The four, who appeared in court are: sixty-nine-year old Mexican national of Tamaulipas, Miguel Cruz Meseguer, along with thirty-year old David Noe Orellano Discua, of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, businessman, forty-three-year old Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, also from San Pedro Sula and commercial pilot, forty-three-year old Juan Pablo Larea Cruz, from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The duo not present in court are:  thirty-one-year old Allan Yovani Mejia Chirnos of San Pedro Sula, and fifty-year-old Norlan Jose Carrasco Lopez, another Honduran national. The four men were transported to court in a private police van under heavy security guard and within seconds they were rushed inside the court where they appeared before Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts- Anderson. None of the men were represented and they were all charged jointly with one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking. The retired Mexican pilot, Meseguer and the commerical pilot, Ecuadoran, Juan Cruz were additionally charged with two drug related offenses for abetment to the importation of a control drug and landing an aircraft without the permission of the Ministry of Aviation. No plea was taken from the men, and the court provided them with a translator so they could understand the court proceeding. The only English-speaking person in the group is the Ecuadoran pilot Juan Cruz. In court, Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson explained that the charges will be dealt with on indictment and such orders can only come from the Director of Public Prosecutions Office.  After the charges were read to them, one of the four men said, “We do understand the charge but we do not accept.” Their next court case is set for November twelfth, 2019. The two other Honduran nationals who were not present at court are hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. under heavy guard.

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