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Mar 20, 2014

GSU descends on San Pedro to fight a crime wave

Early this morning, members of several high-intensity, elite units of the Police, B.D.F. and Coast Guard descended on the island of San Pedro. It is part of an operation to restore order to the island in a hurry, with as much impact to the criminal element as possible. From what News Five has been able to gather, the strategy is working, and the operation yielded significant return in just its first few hours. So why did the operation become absolutely necessary? Today News Five spoke to GSU head Linden Flowers via phone, and he told us that escalating crime in San Pedro dictated immediate and decisive action.


Via Phone: Linden Flowers, GSU Head via phone

Via Phone: Linden Flowers

“It resulted out of the number of incidents that occurred in the past couple of weeks. Which was aired on the radio and complaints were blast from certain citizens from within San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. At that time the police from the commissioner’s office, we made a decision to come out today to assist the police department personnel hosted in San Pedro Town. And as the result an operation commenced this morning headed by Sr. Supt Edward Broaster and assisted by other police officers from various branches of the department from Belize City. We have been assisted by elements of the coastguard, assisted by the B.D.F. and personnel from the B.D.F. are complimenting the patrols that we have done in the north within San Pedro Town and the wider community. That is due to the number of personnel we want to have on the ground to have the kind of impact that we expect in this operation that we want to yield. So far the operation has started around 8 a.m. has yielded over a thousand grams of suspected cannabis as well as over a thousand grams of what we suspect to be cocaine. These searches were done in several parts of San Pedro including the San Juan area. We have also done some searches in San Pedrito area and we are also endeavoring to get the assurance of citizens and residence of San Pedro that the Police Department will do what it takes to keep the citizenry of San Pedro safe. And that the citizens here has been very cooperative and have given assistance to the personnel doing the stop and search, vehicle check points and personnel doing the house searches and just basic neighborhood stop and meat and great that is also going on.”


According to Flowers, the operation will continue until midnight tonight. At that time the impact will be analyzed to determine if it should continue, or if its configuration should be changed.

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6 Responses for “GSU descends on San Pedro to fight a crime wave”

  1. Belizean says:

    HOW COME GSU has not DESCENDED in Orange Walk too? WE have a hike in crime, many unreported because of the lack of faith in the police of which several of them are also part of the problem! MANY unreported robberies, attacks since all the police do is give you the run around and nothing comes of it!

  2. Rod says:

    This useless incompetent pm and gov . Makes me sick makes me want to vomit San pedranos haven’t I been warning you all for years now take matter into your own hands like the old days anyone caught stealing cut off his hands that will mark him for life as a thief anyone who commits murder hang him in front of daddy’s bar for all to see make sure their are street vendors the sell panades and soft drink so they can enjoy the spectacle only sorry it’s too late for eiley a hard working young man who will not get to enjoy his family what about the boy zaldivar that was shot in the head years ago now no one no one has ever been arrested for his brutal murder you know why because of this corrupt pm and gov that’s why.

  3. oscar965 says:

    If you take a frog and drop it in hot water, the frog will jump out but if you put the same frog in a pot of cold water and start to heat it slowly, the frog will stay and eventually die. I do this comparison to open up the eyes of San Pedro residents. The criminal element has slowly been putting the heat on the island and have taken over. San Pedro streets are full of persons just riding bikes and up to no good…full of men standing in corners ready to make a drug deal…this started slowly one by one…until a couple of days ago….when they smelled that the gsu was coming. I live in down town and for days now I noticed a change… more bikes riding around…no more guys on street corners…I wonder why…these guys smelled the gsu coming days before. I am still happy the gsu is here but Mayor and Area Rep…DO NOT GO ON THE LOCAL MORNING SHOW AND ANNOUNCE THAT YOU ARE BRINGING THE GSU!!! We should have these types of raids several times a year…UN-ANNOUNCED! Everyone knows a friend who sells drugs, I am no different, so my friend/dealer told me…buay..things dread…if gsu stays on the island..i will run out of weed in a by Saturday…I have no idea what I will do with my customers….so Mayor, Area Rep and residents….these raids work…but we just need more of them!!!

  4. Cruz says:

    I totally agree with Ocar, the gsu should stay at least a month in san pedro they might not get all the bad guys but u can hurt them economically by giving them a hard time selling and buying drugs i too have friends who smoke weed and rite now some of them are very anxious because they are running out and its very difficult to buy or find someone that is still selling rite now lol. So thanks to the gsu for coming and giving those guys hell and when u do come do as oscar said come un announced because some of those dealers are alerted by the same currupt local police that are currantly here !!!!!!!!

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    What are we going to do about the people buying the drugs?The drugs can’t be sold unless there is a demand for it.As a result the people of San Pedro also has a responsibility not to consume the drugs if any change is to come as it relates to crimes involving drugs.

  6. May J says:

    what do u expect to happen in san Pedro if 50% of the Police Officers posted out there are on the take too. Stop cover up the reality and fact whe de right infront a unu face. Police and thief and criminals alike. The job of cleaning has to start from within and out wards.

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