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BREAKING: Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal to retire; investigation of former COST team found “minor infractions” other than presence at drug plane landing

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Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2022. 1:35 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Belize Police Department has reached an agreement with soon-to-be former Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal to end an at turn glittering and checkered career.

Commissioner Chester Williams told reporters this afternoon that the Department has accepted ACP Vidal’s papers for early retirement from the force after consultation with his attorney.

The Commissioner and Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa indicated that a report to the Security Services Commission from investigators from the Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) found no more than the “administrative failure” so termed by Williams for which ACP Vidal was suspended earlier this year.

The failure centered around a lack of accountability for the rounds of ammunition handed out to members of the COST for their round-the-clock operations, some of which were recovered at the Bladen plane landing site on November 4, 2021.

According to the Commissioner, in the normal course, police officers on operation will not always know what to expect, so they are well-prepared in weaponry. But they are expected to account for their usage when operations are completed and in this case, it appears this was not done.

Neither Vidal nor any member of the former COST team apart from those charged for the Bladen incident was implicated in that incident or any other criminal wrongdoing. Nonetheless, said Minister Musa, it was perhaps best for the Department that ACP Vidal go.
We’ll have more on this later on.

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