During the mass shooting at the Wabinaha nightclub in Hopkins Village over the weekend, a suspected drug plane entered Belize’s southern airspace. ComPol Chester Williams explained that officers who were assigned to Hopkins for the village’s festivities had to leave their posts to track down and intercept the plane. However, it was until the following morning that the burnt remains of the plane were found without its cargo in the Crique Sarco area in Toledo. According to the Commissioner, these instances prove that citizens must assist the department in securing their own safety.
Chester Williams, Commissioner, Belize Police Department: “The Quick Response Team from Dangriga was in charge of policing, or patrolling, Hopkins due to Hopkins Day events. When we had the information of the airplane in our airspace, the police officers, the Quick Response Team, had to leave Hopkins open with no patrol because they were the ones patrolling. The team subsequently, along with the BDF team conducted searches in the southern part of the country as information was that one of the planes faded in the Dolores area. They went into the area. They conducted searches and the burnt remains of the plane was found. Search was conducted of the area up to yesterday. We have not been able to locate anybody nor the cargo we believe that came in the plane.”