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Customs Pursues Contrabandista in High Speed Chase

Custom officers in Belize City were engaged in a high speed chase on the south side of the old capital just after nine o’clock this morning.  Love News understands that a Custom officer had received a tip of a white van in the Queen’s Square Market area carrying uncustomed goods.  A team of Customs officers arrived at the area and upon viewing the officials in the uniform, the driver of a white van sped from the area.  A pursuit of the white van ensued almost causing a collision at the intersection with Dolphin and Gibnut Streets.  A police mobile was in the area at the time and with their assistance the white van and the two occupants were intercepted near Bocotora and Iguana Streets.  The vehicle was taken to the Custom’s compound where officers conducted a thorough search at the Queen’s Bond warehouse.  That search resulted in several sacks of onions, boxes of red bell peppers, four sacks of carrots, several crates of avocados and a few boxes of celery.  The officers found that the items were brought from across the Mexican border without a permit.  The vegetables are said to have a single market value of about two thousand five hundred dollars.  As a result of this incident both Francisco Lopez and Edy (EE-DY) Meza will be paying the penalty for uncustomed goods which is three times the value of the goods.