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Mar 4, 2020

ComPol speaks on narco jet!

Earlier today, the press caught up with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams outside the gate of the Port of Belize. The Commissioner was there to mediate a matter related to the strike we have been reporting on since Monday. You’ll see our full report on that – but while Williams was there on the ground, the press caught up with him about the drug plane that was intercepted last Thursday morning off the Coastal Road. ComPol Williams answered questions about the interception, as well as the allegation that one of his officers had stopped a BSAG team from entering the area and allowed some vehicles to go unchecked.

 

Reporter

“What is the level of the interaction and involvement of the DEA and the police in terms of landing this particular drug plane or making this intercept here?”

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

Chester Williams

“I don’t know if people understand what control delivery actually means for us in Belize. But control delivery for us in Belize would be that we would allow the plane to land with the drugs, allow them to refuel and then allow them to fly out with the drugs. That is not what happened. We got information coming out of the JIOC on the plane coming and we did what we normally do. We went into operation and we intercepted the plane and the drugs. It couldn’t be controlled delivery.”

 

Reporter

“How the B.D.F works with the police to conduct an operation like that and who all is aware that a helicopter for the B.D.F is in the air?”

 

Chester Williams

“As I have said before, normally when we have operations like these they are coordinated through JIOC and as police, as B.D.F., we hand over our personnel and they are coordinated through JIOC and then JIOC then tells them where to go and what to do. So, JIOC would know which police, or which B.D.F are out there and whatever assets are being deployed.”

 

Reporter

“Are you able to speak about the part of the investigation that has to do with the pilot and whatever crew would have been assisting to determine who these people are and how they were assisted out of the country?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes, there is an investigation going on to ascertain those things. We did find a finger print in the plane and we have sent that finger print for testing through Interpol. There are other things that were found that we are looking at with a view to see who the pilot is and where the pilot is from. At this time we have not received those results as yet, so we have to wait and see how it goes.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, there has been an allegation that several ANU vehicles were actually going away from the scene when the BSAG was making its way onto the scene and there was an order from a higher up police saying don’t search that vehicle, which is protocol of BSAG?”

 

Chester Williams

“There are a number of persons spewing nonsense that makes no sense. ANU has several vehicles and the higher up officer you are speaking about, he and I were together the entire night and we went out there together on the scene. When we got there on the scene, BSAG were in the area guarding the plane. So, I don’t see how he could have said to BSAG, don’t go in or don’t search or don’t do this or that. The police and B.D.F who were part of that operation, the initial interception were there long ahead of myself and Mr. Broaster. So, for them to say that Mr. Broaster ordered for this to be done or not to be done, is a total fabrication.”

 


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