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Fishing for fish – or drugs?

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 7:53 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: What were five law enforcement officers and seven civilians doing at three a.m. in the morning in the area of a small village between the Cayo and Stann Creek Districts?

That’s what the Police Department is intending to ask after the group was released by the Belize Coast Guard after being questioned this past weekend.

The group was found inside curfew hours in a known fishing area near a small village called Santa Marta (not to be confused with the village in the Orange Walk District, along the Old Northern Highway).

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said he was not prepared to concede just yet that it was possible the group were trying to facilitate the landing of a drug plane but it was being looked at.

Said Williams: “They were never brought into [the] custody of the Police. After they were released it was brought to my attention and I have since directed the commander of the Anti-Narcotics Unit that we need to re-detain those persons and have them further interviewed as it relates to what their activities were in that particular area at that particular time. May I state this detention took place just after three a.m. the morning, which again would suggest that there is a breach of curfew, so at the very least they ought to have [been], and once re-detained, will be charged, for breach of curfew. The Anti-Narcotics Unit and Special Branch are going to do the necessary interviews and further investigation.”


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