The seventh suspected drug plane for this year landed in Blue Creek, Orange Walk yesterday morning. It was only three weeks ago that a G2 jet landed in this very same area. The plane was found empty. According to the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, the landing area is near the Mexican border. He says they are currently cooperating with their Mexican counterparts.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yesterday morning police visited the Blue Creek area near the Mexican border where they came across one Hawker jet that was parked on a makeshift airstrip. Police conducted search of the plane and nothing was found therein. Searches were conducted within the area where the plane was located and again nothing was found. We believe that the plane may have brought in drugs and that the drugs may have been taken over the Mexican side. We had since communicated with our Mexican counterparts to be on the look out on the other side of the border to see if they’ll be able to intercept the cargo of the plane.”
The Ministry of National Security issued a statement yesterday which outlined that issues the police face when dealing with suspected drug planes. The statement attributed majority of the issues to lack of resources. Today, the ComPol reiterated this statement, but also said that the problem of drug planes affects other countries in the region as well.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Last night Nicaragua intercepted a plane. We have had instances, I think Mexico also got one last night a smaller type plane, and we know the problem also exists in Costa Rica, Guatemala and so it is something that the entire region is dealing with and the truth is it is not easy for us- the resources is lacking, I guess you all have read the release issued by the Minister yesterday where he outlined basically some of the challenges that we are facing but despite the fact that the resources is lacking in terms of a secondary radar we still do our utmost best to try and intercept these planes when it comes into our airspace. On that night in question, Saturday night, we were actually monitoring four tracks at the same time that left out of Venezuela and in the absence of direct intelligence as to where exactly the planes will land we have to find ways to deploy officers in different strategic locations across the country and it’s a challenge. We had our officers deployed all over the place hoping that the plane would have landed at one of the locations where the officers were but again it went into the Blue Creek area which is closer to the Mexican border. And so we will have to look to see how we can restrategize until we can get the resources we need to be more direct and I can tell you that even with the resources in Mexico and Guatemala they have missed a lot too.”
Prior to this landing, the ComPol had mentioned that destroying the clearings where the planes land is challenging as they are most times on private properties.