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Men, busted for drugs, made their appearance in court

Four of six foreigners appeared in court today following the major drug bust that police made on Sunday, September 8 just off the Coastal Road.  69-year-old, Mexican national, Miguel Cruz Meseguer; 30 year old David Noe Orellano Discua of Honduras; 51 year old Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, also of Honduras and 43-year-old, Juan Pablo Larea Cruz of Ecuador, all appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson.  The men were charged jointly with one count of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person or persons.  The forty one bales found on the plane weighed a total of one thousand three hundred and forty one kilograms.  According to a source, this load carries an estimated street value of twenty million US dollars.  In court today, a translator had to be provided for the men.  Upon understanding the charge laid against them, Cruz noted to the court that they do not accept the charge.  The men were remanded to the Belize Central Prison and are to go back to court on November 12, 2019.  The other two charged are currently hospitalized under police guard after sustaining gunshot wounds during the operation.  They are expected in court later this week.  They are 31 year old Allan Yovani Mejia Chirnos of Honduras and 50-year-old Norlan Jose Carrasco Lopez.  As we reported on Monday, the six men were nabbed after police received intel of an incoming drug plane.  An operation was activated and about 17 miles off the Coastal Road, police encountered a King Air twin engine aircraft containing one thousand two hundred and ten parcels of cocaine; each labelled with the mark, O-R-O and C-A-T.  As mentioned by the Commissioner, there were two vehicles involved; one without a license plate and another with Honduras plates.  Reports from police indicate that no Belizean was detained in this incident.