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Oct 14, 2010

Police officer detained in Chinese Smuggling Ring Scandal

A police officer attached to the Special Branch is being detained tonight as part of the probe into the lucrative and illegal smuggling of Chinese nationals through Belize. The officer was reportedly on duty and has already been questioned by authorities about the three flights that landed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport on September eighteenth, nineteenth and October third which jointly brought thirty- two Chinese nationals on chartered flights from Haiti. He was detained since Wednesday afternoon, at about the same time when immigration officers, Matthew Guy and Mark Tench were charged with forgery and purposely aiding and facilitating the Chinese nationals. The officer has denied involvement in the human smuggling ring and has told his interrogators that while he saw the plane land and the Chinese nationals exit the PGIA, he did not interfere with the work of the immigration officers. Since the scandal broke, in addition to Guy and Tench, four others have been charged:   twenty-nine year old Candra Wade, thirty year old Lindsay Wade, thirty-three year-old Jason Daly, and forty-two year-old senior Immigration Officer, Angelica Lima.  Candra was slapped with nineteen charges, Daly with seventeen, Lindsay with four and Lima with twenty four. While six immigration officers have been arraigned so far, no one from the Customs Department has been charged. And if you’re wondering where the investigation will ultimately lead, that’s anyone’s guess because only those at the bottom of the pecking order have been pulled before the courts. According to reports in the Mexican press, the Chinese nationals penetrated Mexico through the bordering town of Juan Sarabia which is located less than two miles from the international bridge between Belize and Mexico. It is presumed that the group spent the night at a casino hotel from where as early as four in the morning of October eight, they begun crossing the border to make their way to USA. It is not known whether the issue of human smuggling will be raised when the Prime Minister makes an official visit next week to meet with the Mexican president.


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19 Responses for “Police officer detained in Chinese Smuggling Ring Scandal”

  1. rootsman says:

    See there you have it Belize is now officially involved with human trafficking and facilitating of illegal immigrants to the USA along with it’s partner Cuba, it is now official and the proof is there, I hope if Mexico don’t get them going through their country the US will be able to intercept them all because of some dirty and corrupted politician who does not have the gut to take responsibility for his action. I am sure this will not be the last that we will hear of these politicians dirty action, the greed and corruption will continue and the people of Belize will get poorer and poorer. Just as a footnote Belize is not the only country with dirty politicians however Belize cannot sustain this type of behavior without it leaving indelible marks on the country its economy is just too small.

  2. Diva says:

    So why didn’t they releas e the name of the police since they scandal those immigration officers!

  3. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    Special Branch Officers should report on any strange activities that occur in their sight or

    presence–If this situation did not seemed strange or ILLEGAL to the Belizean Spy then—-Its time

    for a REFRESHER course for the rest of the SPIES.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why havn’t Perdomo been held for questioning?I don’t want to hear about the small fishes in this smuggling ring.Who made the arrangements for these people to be flown into Belize?Who has the connections in China?Those are the people that need to be exposed.

  5. macal rivera says:

    They police dept is an embarassment to this country I can’t understand why GOB no appoint a new commisioner of police , he is the head of the department but he is either asleep or just close his eyes to the wrong doing of the police officers.

  6. Proud says:

    LOCK DOWN PERDOMO AND SINGH!

  7. Edith says:

    So they can blast the names of the immigration officers but the police officers remain nameless? This vwhole situation stinks. Candra too? Dammit it seems like u really don’t know people…

  8. Al says:

    This is why Belize need to have a law that prohibit family members to be in positions that have another family member at each end of the same chain. How will the immigtation minister investigate these situation. Family will stick togetner and will not serve justice. I pray that one honest person will take office and begin to replace these unethical, ignorant and educationally bankrupt politician. These ministers cannot even make one decent sentence that you can follow and make sense from. They cannot tell the Belize people a simple who, what, when, where, and how of an issue and forget them telling you what they are doing or going to do about anything. Sad, sad , sad.

  9. ronzy says:

    Every one present for the event must be held accountable until they prove other wise that they didn’t have any involvement with the smuggling. The cop should of noted something and reported it, if not then he’s not doing his job or is not trained for the job he was given or he’s a part of the smuggling. Now that the “lights are on” people want to talk put it together.

  10. Maurice Avila says:

    I am sure some bigger guys up top are involve but as usual only the small guys will be taken to court.Belize is a small country for so much coruption to be going on.

  11. NINA says:

    What does the police have to do with the landing of the plane, uno di arrest the wrong people. Arrest the AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, he gave the pilot the authorization to land, Arrest him and then he will say who gave him the authorization to give the o.k to the pilot to land.

  12. Moses says:

    No harm no foul. Just a bunch of people making money. The chiney men/women/children are not in Belize. They are not taking Belizean jobs, but they left a lot of money, which helps the economy. When people have money , they spend it, bigger homes, etc, the merchants make money, the hustlers make money, di pickney dem eat, school supplies and uniforms are paid for, on top of that Christmas di come and unu know how we Belizean like spend, drink and eat christmas time. Yah man. So stop unu foolishness, thank the chiney man fu spike the economy and wa early Christmas gift.

  13. the truth says:

    WAH NEXT PLANE LAND, YES WAH NEXT PLANE LAND: IF DAH NUH COCAINE! DAH WAH BUNCH A CHINEY MAN

  14. rod says:

    i want channel 5 to post all these comments daily on their show and read them one by one every night when most people are home to let this useless impotent gov. see what the belizeans are saying post all comments on your newscast and read them one by one all in favor of this say iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. I

  15. abnerl says:

    special branch spies on police and everyone but who spies on them???????

  16. mel says:

    Dis ya govament have to go, most of the ministers only have diploma, they need to educate themselves, or else Belizean people will throw them down the drain.

  17. Cutty Ligiyaba says:

    Moses–you got me laughing, I like your style but if it was all legal and every Belizean were

    content with it then we can say HOORAH—But this was done under the cover of night and if the

    CUSTOM DEPT, did’nt blow the whistle, maybe a few more planes would have already landed

    with human cargo. This is not the way a country should increase its GDP or economy. Besides

    these people who benefit from these corruption have no interest in sharing their hustle or even

    spending it in Belize— Most of the material things that a hustler obtain from the hustle money

    was made in——————– another country not Belize—

  18. Sasha says:

    Good Idea, comments posted should be read on air, many people don’t have a computer where they can read news right away, This way it might stir up the gov’t to respond to pressing issues. Too many people involved in this SCANDAL, and gov’t isn’t concerned. I still don’t fully understand the story. Different dates, planes landing and yet they came in through Mex border.

    This is the reason we have SOLDIERS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES FIGHTING IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN to stop terrorism and more SENSELESS KILLING and you have Belize letting in CHINESE FREELY INTO BELIZE. Did you know that eventhough US buys alot and owes Chinese Billions $$$$$, they still have to get Visas to enter. Belize Gov’t be careful of your GREED, DON’T LET TERRORIST INTO YOUR COUNTRY AND LET SOMEONE DESTROY IT.

  19. JANE says:

    the ministers are simply looking for a scape goat becuase everyone knows that Minister of National Security is the mastermind of this PLANE LAND BUSINESS. He said on the news that it is well finance and well organized; he knows this because he is the facilitator and benefactor.
    LOCK UP SINGH, PERDOMO AND THE REST OF INCOMPETENT MINISTERS. I VOTED FOR THE UDP but for the WORSE OBVIOUSLY.!!!!!CORRUPTION CORRUPTION AND MORE CORRUPTION.

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