Cocaine Lab Uncovered in Southern Belize: Investigation Underway
As the Police made progress in recovering the stolen BDF rifle, there is another serious matter under investigation. Reports to Love News indicate that a cocaine lab was uncovered in southern Belize, earlier this week. The Police Commissioner explained that the case is in its infancy stage, and that divulging too much information could possibly affect the investigation.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “There are a number of things that we are doing, but I am just waiting for the complete process to be over then we can give the public more update on it. But there are a number of things that the police have been doing through intelligence and other means to be able to make sure that our country is safe.”
Reporter: Do you see this as a telltale sign that Belizeans are becoming more involved in the narcotics trade?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well we do understand and appreciate that the whole issue of crime is becoming more complex and that also includes the drug trade. Those drug traffickers and those who are involved in drugs will always do what they believe is best to further their agenda and it’s a matter for us law enforcement to ensure that we are ahead of them so that whenever they do whatever it is that they may want to do, that we can be able to stop them in their tracks.”
Back in December 2022, a joint operation between and among the Police Department, the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard had destroyed some one hundred and twenty thousand coca plants used to produce cocaine. The clandestine plantations were found along the Sarstoon River near Graham Creek, which is a remote village in the Toledo District. During that operation, senior personnel had indicated that they did observe cocaine labs in the making.