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Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2022. 9:19 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: A Beechcraft King Air 90 suspected to be carrying a cargo of drugs picked one of the most remote areas of Belize to land in – the forests near the village of Sunday Wood in Toledo District.

As a result, according to the Commissioner of Police, security forces arrived in the area potentially too late to intercept the traffickers and their cargo.

In a briefing on Wednesday the Commissioner explained, “On Saturday evening or Saturday night, actually, we had received information of a track coming out of South America and that it may be coming our way. Based on that information that we had received, we deployed our troops which comprises of police and B.D.F. to different locations as we would normally do. Sometime after 2 a.m. on Saturday night, which would be Sunday morning, we received information from our Mexican counterparts that the plane may have landed in the area of Sunday Wood. That’s a village in the Toledo District and, again, this area as you would know is one of rugged terrain and our troops that were deployed in the Toledo District had to move from where they were and redeployed to that area. But again, due to the rugged nature of the terrain, it took the troops hours to get to the location. By the time we got there, it was sometime after 2 p.m. on Sunday and that’s because we had to be guided to the location by the Belize Defense Force Air Wing which did a flyover and saw the burnt remains of the plane and directed the troops to the area.”

The investigators recovered a few bicycles and other items potentially used to assist in the landing of the plane and removal of suspected drug cargo, likely through the Temash River to Barranco and then over the sea to Guatemala: “We do maintain our presence in the area conducting searches, but at this time we have not been able to come up with anything.”

Reporters also asked the commissioner about the possible involvement of villagers living nearby. He said, quote: “It can be assumed,” though added that it has not yet been confirmed.

 

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