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Gun and ammo find at Nuevo Juda raises smuggling, border control issues

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2023. 1:33 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Police are turning a watchful eye on the Western Border and specifically the area of Barrio El Juda/Nuevo Juda, where a cachet of ammunition and a high-powered semi-automatic handgun outfitted with Micro-RONI accessories was located.

Reports say someone was seen fleeing the area but as no one was officially there at the time, the items were labeled as found property.

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams reiterated that border communities including Arenal and parts of the Chiquibul Reserve are being patrolled not only for guns and ammunition but also for smuggling and trafficking in persons, and suggested that the find may be linked to that illegal activity: “…we do have patrols in the area from MIT (Mobile Interdiction Team) that work along with Customs because it is also a focus for the human trafficking or human smuggling route, and so we always try to maintain presence there. Perhaps those ammunition were being placed there to be collected by some Belizean to be brought into the country. So, it was a good find for us that we were able to find them and take possession of them before they got into the hands of criminals.”

The Belize Defence Force (BDF) recently lost an M4 carbine in the area which is still being sought and according to the Commissioner patrols with the Customs officers have proven more fruitful in making arrests for trafficking in persons, drugs and contraband goods.

 

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