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Cigarette smuggling ring linked to Belize

A cigarette smuggling ring linked to Belize has been busted by Guatemalan authorities. According to reports from Guatemala, authorities there carried out 35 operations, targeting lead figures of a regional cigarette smuggling criminal organization. Millions of dollars worth of cigarettes pass through Belize and into Guatemala and other Central American countries.  According to the news report, this particular ring orchestrated more than thirty trips through Belize. It is estimated that for each trip; more than five hundred boxes of cigarettes were transported through the country. The report goes on to say cigarettes pass through Belize via the Corozal Free Zone and with the help of law enforcement officers, the hundreds of boxes of cigarette make their way to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.