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Commissioner of Police says one of three groups engaged in piracy in Southern Belize remanded to prison

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Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 9:12 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams shared on Monday that with relation to piracy activities in Southern Belize, the authorities believe that three groups are involved.

Williams indicated that one of those groups was charged with fisheries offenses last week and was remanded to prison.

“But we have two other groups that we believe are operating within the area and they frequent the Stann Creek District and Honduras. So it would appear that whenever they do their crime, whatever they would steal, they take to Honduras in exchange for guns and drugs, then they come back to Belize,” Williams explained.

Williams says that the police, Belize Coast Guard, and Fisheries Department are working together to patrol the area.

The latest victim of piracy was Austrian resort owner, Christian Gusenbauer, who was shot at Private Heaven resort on Lark Caye on Saturday night.

Gusenbauer’s boat was also stolen and later found by authorities without its engine.

Williams said that the suspects are known to police and are based primarily in Dangriga, Independence, Placencia, and around the Sittee River/Hopkins area.

 

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