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Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017. 9:46 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: According to reports from CTV3 News, three police officers from the Corozal police department are being accused of extortion and threatening a resident of Corozal town.

Elijio Briceno told CTV3 that when he was coming home from a trip to Chetumal, he picked up a friend at the border and when he arrived in Corozal town, he was entering a grocery store when a police officer pulled him out of the store.

The police told Briceno that they found weed on his friend. Briceno said that he was taken to an area along the ferry road and threatened by three police officers with charges if he did not pay up.

According to Briceno, the officers demanded that he pay $3,000 for them to leave him alone. He says that he made arrangements to get the money to them, so they took him to his home to drop his vehicle and he was taken to the station.

While at the station, Briceno says he was told to contact his family to get the money. He spent overnight at the station without any formal charges being made against him.

After the officer went to a Western Union to get the money, they took Briceno into an interrogation room.

BBN understands that Briceno has given a statement and it is being investigated by the Police department since one of the officers was caught on camera receiving the money.

The three accused police officers remain on duty at the Corozal police station.

Briceno says that he fears for his life because he has made a formal report and one of the men already threatened his life while he was walking.

An internal investigation into the matter is being conducted by the Police Department. Evidence gathered has led to some action against the officer caught on camera collecting the money. He also claims that because he has requested an investigation, he feels that his safety and security are under threat.

The Corozal Police department has indicated that disciplinary actions have been taken against the officers.

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