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Jun 24, 2020

Police Tracks Narco-Plane; Law Men Found in the Area

Chester Williams

Fifteen persons have been detained for questioning after they were spotted in the Santa Martha Area over the weekend. In the bunch are two police officers and three B.D.F. soldiers who are being interrogated after they were seen in the area at around three o’clock in the morning. The area is a known narco-trafficking hotspot where many planes have crashed landed over the years. The men were first questioned by Coast Guard Officers who released the men when they explained that they were out fishing. It is a frustrating situation for Commissioner of Police Chester Williams because his department was tracking two suspected narco-plane at that time. What makes the matter even more infuriating is the fact that the coast guard officers, who released the men, were specifically deployed to the area for the anti-narcotic operation. The men are now in police hands.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Those persons are in custody right now.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Including the police officers and B.D.F. soldiers?”

 

Chester Williams

“I am not sure if all of them are. I don’t want to lie but I have been briefed that fifteen were in custody. I am not sure if the fifteen include the police and all the B.D.F.  I am not too sure. But I know that the investigators are meeting as we speak with the commander of Coast Guard with a view to see what we can obtain from Coast Guard in terms of evidence from those who did the detention in the day in question and the officer in Corozal has been directed that they must assign an officer to lay charges for breach of curfew in the first instance.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“The soldiers and police officers, they weren’t on duty at that time?”

 

Chester Williams

“No. they were not.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“So it would right to say that they will be charged for breach of curfew?”

 

Chester Williams

“Yes, they will be charged.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“When these men were detained or prior to that did the Police Department receive any information that any drug plane was flying over Belize or that area?”

 

Chester Williams

“On that night in question yes we were monitoring two tracks that were coming in. We had a team of coast guard officers deployed to the area because you know it is close to the sea. It was that team of coast guard that made the detention.” 

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Is it frustrating to your Sir that the men were released by the Coast Guard officers?”

 

Chester Williams

“Of course it is. I would have wished that we were contacted first and if they could have find out from us if we had any interest in the individuals before releasing them but it is water under the bridge.”


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