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Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2021. 8:52 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Police Department has managed to arrest a total of 7 people in connection with the drug plane that landed in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve over the weekend, but Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says there are still more arrests to be made.

Williams says that apart from the men who were believed to be the ground crew assisting with the landing of the plane, there were others who were the custodians of the drugs while they were being ironically hidden in the Hidden Valley area of the reserve. Williams says that based on information police received there were also two pilots, and that the pilot currently in custody was the co-pilot of the aircraft.

“So we have a pretty good idea who is the person who was responsible for manning the drugs and that happened to be the brother of the Mennonite that we have detained. He is still being sought, we have not been able to find him and may I also say the Mennonite who is detained, Mr. Penner, is the holder of two gun licenses and we have not been able to locate his guns and he is saying he doesn’t know where his guns are so we believe his guns were being used by those manning the drugs as their protection,” Williams said.

He went on to say that the pilot was reportedly injured during the landing and that he was immediately placed into a vehicle and taken out of the area. Police have since recovered that vehicle and have it impounded. Williams said that the vehicle belongs to the wife of Salus Penner, who was charged for conspiracy to land a plane in Belize without the permission of the Ministry of Aviation.

Penner and his other co-accused are having their charges upgraded to include the importation of the dugs which were later recovered by police.

 

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