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Aug 24, 2020

Police Officer Caught Facilitating Border Jumper

Chester Williams

Over the weekend a police officer was caught smuggling a border jumper in the south. The officer and his wife were stopped at a checkpoint in Punta Gorda.  Police and immigration officers there were searching for an individual believed to be a border jumper, who had illegally entered Belize through Jalacte in Guatemala. Instead they found a woman hiding in the back seat of the police officer’s vehicle. The offending officer stopped at the checkpoint believing that he would be allowed to pass with ease but instead his vehicle was checked. The officer of the law is expected to be charged for facilitating his sister-in- law with illegally crossing the border. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams gave details.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“We also have a matter where police officer and immigration officers who were at the Jalacte checkpoint, apparently they were in search of the individual who they may have seen. Subsequently to that a vehicle driven by a police officer and he was accompanied by his stopped. The officer only lowered he front glass of the vehicle to allow the police and immigration to look in, believing that they would only have seen him and allow him to go. But the team f officers, meaning police and immigration, decided to make further checks in the vehicle and when they did they found the persons that they were looking for hiding in the back seat of the police officer’s vehicle and base on that the police officer and the suspected border jumper were detained. They are currently in quarantine. As soon as the quarantine period  is over the police officer will be charge for facilitating border jumping.  Again, as I have said before and as department we must the example, we must act responsibility and we are sparing anybody who acts in violation of the regulation.”

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