Cop Testimony Confirms Bullets Found in Drug Plane Case Were Signed Out by Officer
Corporal Richard Arnold – he’s the cop who testified in court on Tuesday, and took ownership of the 139 rounds of point-two-two-three police-issued ammunition that were found in Elmer Nah’s vehicle, two days after a drug plane landed in southern Belize. Nah, his wife, Epifania Caliz, and brother-in-law, Police Constable Manuel Caliz, were jointly charged in 2021 after they were busted with the bullets at a checkpoint in Independence Village. According to Arnold, who had testified at Nah’s police tribunal that found him not guilty, the bullets were signed out by him and placed in a vehicle, just that it was not Nah’s vehicle. So, how did the bullets fall into Nah’s hand? Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, says the department carried out an investigation into Arnold’s testimony at the tribunal and believes he is telling the truth.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We did an investigation, there’s nothing to indicate that Corporal Arnold did anything wrong. He went to court, he testified based on what he knew at the time and that was it.”
Reporter: The police department doesn’t wish to find out how the bullets went from the vehicle he said he placed them in into Elmer Nah’s vehicle.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well that’s the matter before the court and that’s why we believe that Corporal Nah is guilty because the vehicle in which the bullets were found is not the same vehicle that Arnold had left them in. So he would have had to move it from where it was to where they found it. So that is the crux of the prosecution case.”
While Nah won in the Police Tribunal, the criminal matter remains a live matter.