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Guatemalan farmer caught inside the Chiquibul Forest

A Guatemalan farmer was caught inside the Chiquibul Forest last week. On Thursday morning, while police were conducting a joint patrol with members of the Belize Defense Force in the South Cebada Area of the Chiquibull National Park they came across a beans farm located some two kilometers inside Belize’s. At the farm was 28 year old Elfido Francisco Estevan Cano Petén, Guatemala. A search was conducted in the immediate area which resulted in the discovery of a point twenty two rifle which contained three point twenty two rounds of ammunition. Estevan Cano was arrested and charged for the offence of kept firearm without a gun license and kept ammunition without a gun license. He and his family had been cultivating beans, corn and pumpkin for about a year in that area. According to the FCD, since 2015 they have seen an increase in deforestation in the area.