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Oct 13, 2020

Police Say Suspected Drug Plane Cargo May Be Long Gone by Now

Chester Williams

As you heard just now, Commissioner Chester Williams said that three pieces of heavy equipment were found at the scene. The police have since seized the equipment and are working to verify who owns them. Williams also told the press today that they are also working to determine who owns the land where they found the buried aircraft, although he made it clear that their investigation may not point to the owner’s involvement. According to Williams, they have received pieces of useful information, but he isn’t able to share more at this time. But how did the suspected drug plane crew offload, destroy and bury the aircraft and escape police? Williams says it most certainly took a team with ground support from Belizeans to pull it off – and as for the cargo – well, that may be long gone by now. Here’s more from ComPol Williams.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“When these narco planes come it is not one or two persons unload – it would normally take a team and it would take them no more than twenty minutes to move out with its cargo. Remember I said that the area where the plane landed is very remote and it took the police to get there – over an hour and a half to be precise. A plane is not made of heavy steel – it is mostly light aluminum or fiberglass and so it is easy to be crushed. They could crush that easily. I would want to think that the hole was there already dug and just put in the hole and cover it up and they are gone – in less than two hours. So, it is not impossible considering the terrain where it happened and the difficulty it took the police to get there.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Any idea where the cargo may be at this time?”

 

Chester Williams

“At this time you would know that the area where the plane landed there is some back road that leads to Shipyard and La Union or whatever the place name – from there it can go easily into the Mexican side and so we believe that the drug might have been moved out of the country by now.”

 

Reporter

“Would you hazard a guess as to why this time around they would go to this extent this time around to actually destroy the plane?”

 

Chester Williams

“The truth is that we have been doing a lot to prevent these people from landing and drug traffickers when they need to get their drugs out they will go at whatever length to do so. When you look at the area where the plane landed you will say but how did they land here? It is not an area that is conducive to land but these pilots are quite skilled so it goes to show the extent to where they would go. But as security forces we can try our best to apprehend or prevent them from landing within our borders.”


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