Customs Investigates After Cops Found Inside Stolen Car

Customs Investigates After Cops Found Inside Stolen Car

The Customs and Excise Department has launched an investigation into a vehicle they say was stolen from Mexico after two cops were caught inside. This week, two cops from Corozal were stopped at a checkpoint inside a 2017 SEAT Ibiza, which was reportedly stolen in 2017. The vehicle was examined by customs, and they found that it had fraudulent documents attached to its license and registration. However, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says the cops will not be charged because they didn’t buy the vehicle. Here’s how he explained the situation. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “It’s a matter for customs. If Customs believes that they were the importer of the vehicle and they evaded customs duties then customs has a formula that they would apply to be able to recover the duty and punish the person or persons. But in this particular instance while the two police officers were found in the vehicle the vehicle does not belong to them. The vehicle belongs to their mother. Their mother bought the vehicle in 2018 from a person in Corozal Town. The vehicle was licensed and insured, Customs confirmed that when the vehicle was licensed and ensured it was done with fraudulent documents not by their mother in whose name the vehicle is in now but by the person from whom she bought the vehicle. So if you mother has a vehicle that she bought from someone believing the vehicle was legitimately bought or brought into the country here you are driving your mother’s vehicle you are stopped by customs and police, the learned the vehicle is stolen you think it’s going to be fair for them to hold you accountable for it ? No. So we have to be real and we must be objective and people need to learn to stop be mischievous. We must deal with things for what they are based on evidence and based on facts. I personally don’t see anything wrong on the part of the two officers they were simply driving a vehicle that belonged to their mother.”

According to reports, the customs department is looking at other cars owned by the cops’ family to determine whether they were stolen. Williams says that police are leaving it in their hands and noted that it isn’t the first time the reports have emerged. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I do not interfere in the work of customs that is a matter for the Comptroller of customs to do. If the Comptroller of Customs seeks my assistance I am always available to her, we work very very closely together and I can tell you that a couple years ago when Mr.Gibson was the Comptroller of Customs Mr.Gibson had notified me of I think two suspected stolen vehicles that they believed the same family had owned then, this was I think in 2019 and he told me of it and I said to Mr.Gibson if you have information that the vehicles are stolen then by all means please proceed and look into it  I do not want to appear as if I’m taking side for nobody. Mr.Gibson I think got involved, customs went inspected the vehicles said that the vehicles were not stolen and returned them to the family and this vehicle was one of those vehicles so I am wondering now why in 2019 they had said that the vehicle was not stolen and now in 2023 they’re now saying that the vehicle was stolen. I don’t know, it’s a matter for customs I am not going to interfere in what they’re doing.”

The vehicle was impounded by customs.

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