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Aug 6, 2020

Public Officers, including Law Enforcement, facilitating Illegal Trade of Goods

Chester Williams

The Prime Minister on Wednesday suggested that public officials, including law enforcement, are complicit in allowing persons practicing contraband activities by facilitating the illegal trade.  Commissioner of Police Chester Williams concedes that facilitation by law enforcement officers has been happening and the department is trying to put a stop to this risky behaviour.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“From what we are seeing, some members of law enforcement are facilitating these border jumpers and contrabandists. It is a pity that you all didn’t accompany us to the border at Santa Elena where you would have seen for yourself what was happening there. We really and truly had to put out foot down because when we got there, we saw evidence of facilitation. We explained to customs and immigration officers at the border that the game has to be changed. It cannot be that people from the Mexican side are going to come over the bridge in their vehicle with loose cargo and then have people from Belize go to the area, meet them and bring the cargo into Belize. That deh foolishness have to stop. So these are things that do put our people at risk. And so we have said, and we are now reinforcing our presence with police and B.D.F., that the only cargos that are going to be allowed to come into the country through the border at Santa Elena are those commercial goods or the medium size goods that come in the big trucks that the cab cannot be removed. I do not see anything coming from out of cabinet or the National Oversight Committee that says that we must allow lose cargo to come into the country. Can you imagine crossing the bridge with chips and biscuit to bring to somebody who is going to meet you on Belize side to collect chips and biscuit? Man for Christ sake, we are putting ourselves and country at risk for chips and business. We have to do better than that man.”

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