Four Person Caught Red Handed with Contraband Goods

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Updated: November 21, 2017

Four persons were caught with contraband goods in two separate operations. The most recent bust was made up north, in the village of Patchakan. Reports to Love News are that one Edgar Patt was caught with a pickup load of contraband goods. During the interception, villagers reportedly aggressed customs officers, attempting to take back the contraband goods. However, police officers were on the scene, and the situation was diffused. The information was confirmed today by Customs Comptroller, Colin Griffith.

Colin Griffith – Customs Comptroller

“There was an incident yesterday I believe in the Village of Pachacan where my enforcement team informed me that they have one Edgard Patt detained and the intention is to charge him today where he tried to evade customs and it so happened that the vehicle that he was driving presumably crashed into a tree. Most of the goods have been recovered by customs and there was some aggression from the villager. It is not a situation that is new to us, practically on a daily basis we have a situation where villagers or those that are involved in the movement of contraband would aggress customs that is why we work jointly with the other enforcement agencies.”

The bust is a result of a nationwide customs enforcement operation which according to Griffith will end just before Christmas.

Colin Griffith – Customs Comptroller

“We will be very active on the road so as to ensure that goods are not contraband. Countrywide.”

Reporter

“And I would imagine that you would be putting customs officers in the villages like Pachacan which are close to the borders with Mexico.”

Colin Griffith – Customs Comptroller

“Well there are hotspots that are close to villages and we don’t target a village as such, we target hotspots and it so happened that most of these hotspots are within certain villages.”

Reporter

“And in most cases usually the contrabandistas would be financially fined by the Customs Department if police hand over the case to you guys.”

Colin Griffith – Customs Comptroller

“The matter could be settled out of court or we could go to court where it is then placed before a magistrate and they decide whether the person is guilty or not.”

We also received information that authorities made a bust last week Friday in Southern Belize. Reports to our newsroom  are that Independence police intercepted a bus which was transporting three cases of contraband beer and seventy-two packs of firecrackers. We understand that inside the bus were Alvarine Burgess, Dave Burgess, and Milton Palacio. The bust happened at around 4 o’clock that day at Mile 46 of the Southern Highway. We understand that the case was handed over to the customs and excise department.