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Aug 6, 2020

Immigration Employees Busted with Weed

Three employees of the Immigration Department have been detained by police in connection with drug trafficking but the men will not be formally charged until two weeks’ time. Police say the bust involves immigration workers travelling to a border village in the north to conduct the drug deal. What we know tonight is that on Wednesday two immigration officers and a driver attached to the Immigration Department in Belmopan were stopped at a police checkpoint near the toll bridge in Orange Walk and a search of their vehicle led to the discovery of several parcels of weed amounting to over eight pounds. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the weed originated in Mexico. Police say that they were acting upon information after receiving a tip and that is what led to the bust. But because they were in that border village where the transaction was conducted, the three men have been swabbed and are now under quarantine. They will face charges until after the quarantine period is over.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Orange Walk Police were conducting vehicular check point between miles forty-nine and fifty on the Philip Goldson Highway, that’s near the toll bridge when they observed a white Mahindra with the immigration logo approaching and upon the vehicle arriving at the checkpoint, the officers were stopped. They were informed that the police intended to conduct a search of the vehicle. There were two immigration officers stationed in Belmopan as well as a civilian driver who was the driver of the vehicle at the time. A search was conducted inside the vehicle and also in the pan of the vehicle in a filing cabinet police found a carton box containing some twenty-two small parcels of suspected cannabis, when weighed amounted to three thousand eight hundred and thirty four grams. Those persons were immediately detained and based on the investigation they were later swabbed and have since been placed under quarantine after which charges will be preferred against them sometime after the quarantine period has expired.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, are you able to explain why they were swabbed?”

 

Chester Williams

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Based on the investigation, they have been to one of the border areas where it is believed the drugs were obtained.”

 

Chester Williams

“The drugs that they had were the Mexican weed. It is either they went over to get it or someone brought it over to them and they came in contact with these packages and so they were placed in quarantine.”


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