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Jun 3, 2020

Four Confiscated Drug Planes Sold for Under $1M

Numerous landings of drug planes in Belize have amassed a fleet of aircrafts that government has taken into its possession.  Those business jets, in various state of disrepair, are kept at the Philip Goldson International Airport where they remain for an inordinate length of time.  Tonight, however, we can report that four of those confiscated airplanes have been sold for just under a million Belize dollars.  Their sale when in good condition can be over a million dollars each. But the sale of these planes comes at a time when government is in dire financial straits and every little that can be added to its dwindling coffers will go a long way.  The transaction, we are told, was handled by the Ministry of Finance in a joint venture arrangement that was finalized last week.  While another drug plane was taken into possession on Thursday of last week, these planes have been sitting at the P.G.I.A. for a few years.  This evening, C.E.O. Felix Enriquez of the Ministry of National Security provided additional details.

 

Felix Enriquez

Felix Enriquez, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“The process was done through the Ministry of Finance.  As we do with the disposal of any assets, I can tell you that there were two hawkers, the ones that you would see ordinarily when you drive past the airport.  They’ve been parked there for a long time and then there were two G2 aircrafts that we had captured recently, one of them in the Crooked Tree area, the other one was on the highway, on the Coastal Road I think it was.  And as soon as those, the way the process works, as soon as they have been cleared over a period and we’ve done our investigations, our counterparts have done their investigations and there is no factual claim on the aircraft then they become the property of Belize to dispose of.  In some cases, we would keep the aircraft and in other cases, depending on our situation, we would sell them.  Those four aircrafts have been sold and I can tell you that there were four or five bids that were made and last week or late the week before, the Ministry of Finance accepted a bid.  I think it’s in the region of just below a million dollars.  They would be able to give you the exact figure.”


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