The Ministry of National Security is working with Mexico and the United States, sharing information that can assist the government to keep informed of any airplane tracking towards Belize and the region. This comes after three suspected drug plane landings in the north. The airplanes which have landed under the cover of night have managed to avoid detection from regional radars. It is because of this that local authorities must rely heavily on actual sightings. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington says it is a concern, not only for Belize but for the region.
Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs:“Everybody has to be concerned and clearly the government is concerned given the fact that the government is responsible for the safety and security of the nation and to the extent that we can use our own resources to try to deal with the situation as well as to work along with our allies in doing so I’m sure we are making every effort so to do. I do know that we have pretty close collaboration with the Americans in terms of these matters relating to narcotics so I’m fairly certain that the Ministry responsible for National Security is in fact working with the Americans and others in trying to see how we could come to grips with this very unhappy situation. It really doesn’t augur well for us to have these planes coming and we don’t seem to be able to get a handle on it so I’m sure they’re working feverishly towards it, trying to do that, because they come from somewhere and they are going somewhere; they’re not destined for Belize and so the United States Government I’m sure is very concerned.”
The authorities are asking the public to immediately report suspicious aircraft sightings to law enforcement agencies.