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Aug 6, 2020

Contraband Cops? What?

And while law enforcement officers are trying to prevent border jumpers, they also have to deal with their very own officers. Reliable reports are that police officers are not only part of the continued contraband culture but they also facilitate and escort border jumpers across the river. So the officers are contrabanding goods and allowing persons to illegally enter and exit Belize. This is of grave concern and the Prime Minister wants to put an end to it. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, C.E.O. George Lovell and National Security Minister Michael Peyrefitte were asked about it on Wednesday.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“At the end of the day as law enforcement we must do what we can to ensure that we deal with those persons who are involved because we have to protect the wider Belizean citizenry. That is our objective.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir there are reports that it is your very own police officers are involved in contraband in these villages and these areas, contrabanding cops.”

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams

“Well there are all kind of rumours but until we can confirm we cannot say but I have sent the warning to police officers. If they are involved then they must stop. I can tell you f it is that we get any evidence against any police officer who is involve they are going to face the same consequence as the ordinary civilian. We are not going to take up for them, no.”

 

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George Lovell

Ret’d) Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“We get the same kind of information that the Prime Minister gets at the Ministry of National Security and it is sad. It is sad. It is very disturbing when you hear these kind of things because these are the same people who we the tax payers pay and who we at the Ministry of National Security will hope that they go out there and do the right thing. They are out there to enforce all these quarantine regulations and laws that we have and stop the possible spreading of this virus and so it is sad when we hear things like this and we have to get to the bottom of it.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security.  

“I can assure if that person was involved in border jumping or aiding in border jumping they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. I can assure you of that. But we can’t do it on a whim. First and foremost we have to try and make sure to get the proper medical care for that individual and then second we have to do an investigation how that person contracted that decided. We then have to be bold enough to take step to tell that persons and act upon that person to send a message even if you are a police officer, even if you are a B.D.F. or a coast guard if you break the law you have to pay the penalties of the law.”


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