Belize Post Office Employee Caught Smuggling Sugar

Belize Post Office Employee Caught Smuggling Sugar

An employee of the Belize Post Office is facing hefty fines after he was caught smuggling sugar into the country. Yesterday, police in the Cayo District busted the public officer with the contraband goods. In recent weeks, local plantation white sugar has become difficult to come by due to significant sums being smuggled out of the country. Since then, police and the military have been on high alert to intercept and bring the perpetrators to justice. But in a twist of events, yesterday, while on the lookout for sugar heading out of the country, the police caught someone bringing the commodity illegally. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams shared additional details. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Police from Benque were conducting a checkpoint on the George Price Highway when they intercepted a post office van. The van was searched and it yielded three sacks of white sugar from Guatemala along with other contraband items. The van and its driver were taken into police custody and customs have been called in and they will be handed over to customs who will then deal with the matter from there.”

Williams also provided an update on the truck that was encountered yesterday in the Corozal District with almost 200 sacks of white sugar suspected of being destined for Guatemala. Williams says that the police could not have charged the drivers but believe they were indeed in the act of smuggling sugar. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “While we may all say that the intent was to export the sugar it is difficult to prove because they were found well within Belize’s territory. I don’t believe that the sugar was going to Independence, that’s my personal opinion I don’t believe it. But it is not about what I believe. It is about whether or not there is sufficient evidence to prove otherwise. At this time there is none. I have consulted with the Ministry of Agriculture and they’re saying that in order for a person to export sugar they must apply for an export permit which is issued to them to be able to export sugar but in the current climate where there is a shortage of sugar they’re not issuing export permits for sugars. So there’s no way that those individuals would have been able to export the sugar legally, perhaps illegally yes. So because of the circumstances under which the sugar was found we are unable to do anything and it will have to be returned to them and then what will have to happen then is we have to monitor the and see what they do with the sugar but at this time there is nothing that legally we can do to them.”

Reporter: And we asked this yesterday but was this maybe a learning experience in terms of the officers should have rushing to detain these persons or in comparison to them maybe setting some sort of operation to follow the truck or something like that ? 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “That would be the ideal but the way we have been stretched thin especially with what was happening in the north we would not have been able to do that no.”

We’ll keep following this story.

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