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Oct 13, 2021

Finally, ComPol Divulges Details on Last Week’s Drug Plane Landing

A suspected drug plane landed in northern Belize on Thursday night and the illicit cargo that is believed to have been discharged from the aircraft is nowhere to be found. After three days of intense operations to locate the shipment of narcotics or the pilot of the aircraft that flew in from South America, law enforcement on both sides of the Rio Hondo have come up empty-handed. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was out of the country at the time of the landing, however, he has since been briefed on what took place on the night of October seventh. He shared those details with the media this morning, almost one week after the incident occurred.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Sometime Thursday evening or Thursday night, around eleven p.m., thereabout, we received information via the Joint Intelligence Operating Center of an aircraft coming from South America towards our direction. Based on the information obtained, the Joint Intelligence Operation Center coordinated the different teams to be deployed in various parts of the country that we would suspect this aircraft would land. Now the information, from what I have been told, came in a bit late when the Joint [Intelligence] Operation Center got the information, the drug plane was one hour east of Belize, of Corozal District and to be able to mobilize would have required more than an hour.  So you would see that they did not have sufficient time to insert the teams in the different areas. Nonetheless, the Mexicans requested permission to enter our airspace so that they can assist with the tracking of the aircraft. Shortly after we got the information, the aircraft disappeared off the radar and the Mexican air asset could not have detected it either and so for a very long period of time there was no information updating the team about the location of the aircraft.”


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