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Jan 8, 2021

Police Finally Speak on Wilbert Vallejos Raid

Wilbert Vallejos

Beleaguered former Lands Commissioner Wilbert Vallejos and his family in Patchakan, Corozal District were the subject of an intelligence-led operation on January fourth where their residence was searched by personnel from the Mobile Interdiction Team.  The Belize Police Department had received actionable information, which led to the officers raiding the property.  The operation yielded a large sum of money in various currencies and denominations, with almost seventy thousand dollars in cash being recovered.  The Financial Intelligence Unit was called in to assist with the investigation, but the matter was never formally reported by the B.P.D.  This afternoon, News Five caught up with Commissioner Chester Williams, who provided additional details on the sting.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Earlier this week, based on information received, a team of police officers visited the home of Mr. Wilbert Vallejos in the Patchakan area of Corozal District.  A search was conducted of the premises and the search yielded just over eighty thousand in Belizean currency, in cash.  Over six hundred in U.S. currency, cash, and about ten thousand Mexican Pesos.  Also found were a number of land documents that the police also took possession of.  Mr. Vallejosfamily who were at home at the time were detained by the police and F.I.U. were brought into the picture to practically take over the investigation and I know that yesterday there was a hearing in Corozal Magistrates Court where Mr. Vallejos, through his attorney, had applied to the court for the release of the money to him.  The court ruled yesterday that F.I.U. can hold the money until April, so it is to give F.I.U. and police the time needed to be able to conduct an investigation to be able to ascertain how Mr. Vallejos may have came into possession of the money.  If at the end of that investigation he can prove that it came about through legal or legitimate means then the money will be returned to him.  And if the contrary is proven then its a matter for F.I.U. to prefer charges against him for money laundering or any other relevant offense.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Mr. Vallejos’ request to have the monies released to him, is that him claiming that the money belongs to him?”

 

Chester Williams

“Well if Vallejos is asking that the money be returned to him thats an admission that the money belongs to him.  So its something that we are looking at because earlier on, his mother claimed that the money belonged to her, now he is saying that the money belongs to him.  So there is already an issue as to who the actual owner of the money is.”


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