For the second time this year, Belize Police are dealing with another suspected narco-plane. Security Forces were on high alert this weekend after reports began circulating of an aircraft hovering in the deep south. Further investigations led the police to the remote area of Payne’s Creek, Toledo District, where they found a twin-engine aircraft on Saturday, January 25. The aircraft was on a makeshift airstrip and had already been burnt. Police got to the scene late and all they found were the charred remains of the plane; no drugs and no suspects. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, due to the area being remote members of the Belize Coast Guard were called in to aid in the search for its missing cargo and personnel.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “There was a Coast Guard Patrol that was deployed to the area I believe at the same time the police were on land making their way to the area along with the BDF but so far no other item was found in that area. There has to be the issue that I will not go into the details in relation to the strategies but yes, especially when it comes to a land component there has to be the issue of us readjusting some of our strategies in dealing with these new remote areas as you mentioned.”
Reporter: Sir is there any urgency to have that radar that- that contract was signed …..
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Of course there has to be some urgency in getting it done.”
Reporter: I mean prior to September because I believe it will be operational until September.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: ” But in the time being there is the issue of us coordinating with our regional partners who do have these assets.”
Belize is not the only country having to deal with the narco-traffickers. Early this morning several Mexican military personnel were shot and a soldier and one of its army commanders killed in a crossfire between the traffickers and soldiers. The aircraft landed about seventy miles from Chetumal, on a road named, Los Divorciados-Chunhubub. The military responders were forced to call for reinforcement from the Mexican Army which provided a window for the drug traffickers to escape. Once reinforcement arrived, the police assessed the area and found two trucks. In one of them, there were 20 packages of suspected cocaine; each with an estimated 30 kilograms. Also found were two firearms. The executive jet remains guarded tonight at the site.