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Feb 7, 2020

How to Detect Local Actors in Illegal Drug Plane Landings

Chester Williams

ComPol Williams says that almost daily, reports are received of suspected drug planes, but the location where the aircraft will land is unknown and so officers are often times deployed across the country to circumvent the illegal landings. But it is no secret that there are also local players who are actively engaged in the logistics on the ground. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams agreed and says that in the absence of a primary radar to detect the drug planes, the authorities have to rely on the public to say something when they see suspicious activities in their communities.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“I can tell you that from intelligence, there are a few Belizeans who are involved in these landings, because let’s not be naïve, these people who are bringing these planes are foreigners—they don’t know our country as much as we do—so they have to have local people who are on the ground who are involved in the coordinating and landing of these planes. And there are things that we will be doing to address that; I am not going to go into specifics, but things will happen where that is concerned. Even if it is that you don’t see something where the plane landing is concerned or see the plane hovering over, if you know of people within your communities who are involved in these landings and you see them mobilizing with large drums of fuel, a number of vehicles and armed men moving through your community, then let us know cause they have to mobilize. If it is that you have a sighting, because in the absence of the proper radar equipment, we have to be guessing where the plane will land. And with how they are doing it now where they don’t need an airstrip to land anymore—the wide open spaces—the possibility of landing is almost anywhere. And I would like to add that we have seen how bold these people have become; in Mexico, they land one on a busy highway. In the absence of the radar, we have to focus on the human element to help us. If you see it in your area, please call 922 give the information or use the P-Three App and put the information in it; it will come to us and we are going to act immediately.”


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