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Posted: Friday, May 28, 2021. 6:23 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Police continue to warn residents of the Placencia Peninsula to turn in suspected drugs believed to have been lost in a plane crash last week, after arresting a couple for possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.

Police around 10 a.m. Thursday conducted an operation at the residence of Ian Vernon, 30-year-old Belizean tour guide of Lagoon area, Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. At the time of the search only his wife Emelina Vernon, 42-year-old, Belizean self-employed was present.

During the search, two packs of cocaine were found inside a bag inside a bedroom, which had a combined weight of 2312.7 grams (5.09 pounds). Emelina Vernon was detained, while Ian Vernon handed himself in at the station where he was detained pending charges.  

Commenting on the situation today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said his officers continue to search the area for the drugs and interviewed several persons with plans to interview others and locate the majority of the cargo.

“Again, I want to appeal to my fellow Belizeans: if it is that you have any drugs, please surrender it to the Police, it is in your best interest, because if the cartel hear that you have it, they will come for you,” the Commissioner warned, adding that police have information that a number of persons are inquiring and reaching out to others for sale.

“That will be right where you’re going to get it, because when you inquire, you might inquire with the wrong person, and then it will reach the ears of the cartel that this one may have and is trying to sell, and they are going to come for you and your family. So, the safest thing right now is for the cartel to hear that the Police have the drugs; if they want to come, let them come for the Police. But it is not safe for anybody to have those drugs in their custody or care, so please, surrender it to the Police,” he continued.

And police are anticipating a potential crime spike in the area, whether from drug-related retaliation or from others seeking to get their share of the pie.

“At this time, we are seeing that the fisherman population has increased tremendously – everybody da fisherman now in the south, but they are fishing without a line. So, everybody knows what they are fishing for,” the Commissioner concluded.

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