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Dec 5, 2011

Mexican national sentenced to sixteen years in prison following major drug bust

Martin Rafael Urias

Mexican national forty-four year old Martin Rafael Urias was busted with a huge amount of cocaine on Thursday night and by Friday evening, he was tried and convicted. Urias was sentenced to sixteen years in prison following the major drug bust near the Belize/Mexico Border in Corozal. It was not Urias’ first trip to Belize. He had apparently been travelling through the Jewel from Guatemala at least twice a month and claimed to be a shoe salesman.  A search of the vehicle Urias was traveling in turned up one hundred and eleven parcels of cocaine, amounting to two hundred and ninety-three pounds with a wholesale value of over two million dollars.  After he had crossed the western border Urias was seen acting suspiciously as he neared a police checkpoint in the area where police were training.  He suddenly swung a U-turn prompting officers to follow the vehicle to Corozal.  There the Nissan truck bearing Mexican license plates was initially stopped and searched but turned up nothing.  It was later taken over to the Corozal Police Station where a detailed comb yielded the bricks weighing one point one kilograms each, labeled XT, concealed in a secret compartment in the camper.  Thursday’s bust according to Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood was succeeded by another seizure of drugs earlier today in Roaring Creek Village.

Fitzroy Yearwood

Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“Martin Rafael Urias he was charged on the second of December by Corozal police for drug trafficking and importing drugs within the country of Belize.  This person has been placed in front of the court already and we are just waiting to hear what’s the verdict from the court.  We are trying to discourage any other activities like this and people must know that while our borders are porous we have intelligence officers, our police officers are very good in their intelligence gathering and we are trying our best to exercise these intelligence and put them to work immediately.  This is a classic case because this person came through one border and was grabbed by the time he got at the other border.  We are trying to work on something that that person doesn’t have all that freedom to pass through a border and reach all the way to the other side of the country.  We are trying to setup, use and activate our checkpoints more efficiently.  I know that you saw that we had an arrest this morning in Roaring Creek Village where three persons were caught in a car with about fifty-two pounds of marijuana to that effect and these operations will continue throughout this Christmas [season] the anti-crime patrol.”

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8 Responses for “Mexican national sentenced to sixteen years in prison following major drug bust”

  1. robert says:

    Ha good intelligence??????This people have been crossing that border for a good while in and out in your own eyes. Many unloaded trucks from guatemala goes into Belize daily all they do is deliver the drugs in belize and with that same money they buy something to bring back you have seen guatemalan trucks bringing loads from Belize just go visit the mennonites and you will get to see how many trucks and trailers are loading grain to Guatemala. Some of those trucks they had pay their insurance in Belize now they are running with licence plate from belize haaa that I called INTELLIGENCE ALL THEY DO IS CHANGE THE LICENCE PLATES IN BETWEEN THE TWO BORDERS. When will you open your eyes the belize border is the easiest border to cross drugs on earth theirs no one to really check on the trucks when they cross that border.

  2. robert says:

    Haaa good intelligence?????

  3. CEO says:

    That was a speedy trial!

    He should speak creole fluently by the time he is released!

  4. Storm says:

    Seems like a good result. We want more!

  5. Proud Belizean says:

    They should do this kind of speedy trial to murderers in Belize so they have no time to eliminate witnesses.

  6. Eye In The Sky says:

    Rumors are that there were 150 packs in the camper and a lot of cash also.
    But only 111 were reported. Someone mek some Christmas shopping money.

  7. Elgin Martinez says:

    Only Sixteen years,had a Belizean got caught in Mexico with that amount of drugs in Mexico i can gurantee that my Belizean brother or sister would have been facing life.

  8. belize couple says:

    good that how the law work let him pay for all the grugs he has bring in the world save the world lets think about saving the humanity for a change godd job police mans…keep the good work going..

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