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Mar 4, 2022

Drug Plane Lands and Successfully Offloaded Near Monkey River

A Gulf Stream jet, laden with an unknown quantity of cocaine, touched down in a remote area of the country in the wee early hours this morning. The Joint Intelligence Operations Center was notified of a flight pattern originating in South America that indicated that the aircraft was headed to Belize. Immediately, law enforcement teams were scrambled to various locations that were believed to be the possible landing site of the drug plane. After crossing into Mexican airspace, the aircraft made a u-turn and headed to southern Belize, landing in a far-flung area behind Monkey River Village. By the time officers responded to that location, the airplane had already been discharged of its payload which was ferried over water, presumably to Mexico. Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, provided additional details. 

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police, B.P.D.

Sometime after nine p.m. last night, a track was declared leaving South America and heading our way. The information was relayed through J.I.O.C. and based on that, J.I.O.C. contacted our operations commander for us to relinquish operation of the, or control of the operation teams, that is the Q.R.T. or the A.N.U. and some elements of the M.I.T. and Special Patrol Unit to them for deployment in the respective areas that we would normally deploy. As you would know that in order to maximize on our resources, we would normally have police, B.D.F. and coast guard deployed. And so that was done from around 9:30 p.m. last night and we continued to monitor the track until it entered our airspace which was sometime after one a.m. last night and it passed our airspace and went into Mexico‘s airspace. It stayed over Mexico for a few minutes and then it made a turn and came back into our airspace. Now, notwithstanding the fact that it had passed our airspace and went into Mexico, we still maintained our presence in the areas where we were deployed because we have seen this happen before where, with a view to avoid us, they would go into Mexico and let us believe that they are going to land there and then make a quick turn and come back into Belize and so, based on that we maintained our presence in the areas where we were deployed. And yes, the plane then came and went south and made landing on a small little island type area in the Monkey River area.”


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