Last night there were reports of a suspected narco plane flying low over the area of Gardenia Village, Belize District. According to the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams did receive the report and the department was ready to intercept it. The plane, however, did not land in Belize and reportedly headed towards Guatemala. Since then there has been no report of any landings over there.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yes it circled and we were out waiting it did not land it went over to Guatemala’s side.”
Reporter: Sir it was a narco plane that was seen around 8-9pm in the Belize district Hattieville, Gardenia those areas?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well we can’t say if it was a narco plane, it didn’t land in Belize. It went over to Guatemala side ,we have no information from Guatemala if landed or they intercepted it so we cannot say if it was a narco plane.”
Reporter: Do you think it had a scenario to land here but chose otherwise?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “It could have been that they wanted to land here but due to our efforts they were forced to go elsewhere.”
Just last week the Police Department intercepted a narco plane off the Coastal Road in the Belize District. That bust yielded 5,084 pounds of cocaine. In our interview with Commissioner Williams, he spoke of recent patterns of plane landings which are occurring closer to the sea.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t know how they think at times. We try as best as we can to be able to think how they’re thinking but like I said the sea is not far away, it is more feasible to move it by sea than by land. The chances of being caught by sea is far less than by land. I have said that when we look at the pattern recently all those drugs as far as we are concerned were moved by sea. You look at Payne’s Creek, we look at Monkey River and even the Coastal Road area there is the sea not far away so I cannot say if they intended to move by land or by sea I really can’t answer that question.”
Reporter: Are you able to speak about the part of the investigation that has to do with the pilot and whatever crew would have been assisting to determine who these people are, how they were assisted out of the area and as a matter of fact probably even into the country? We know that sometimes people come from outside to assist.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Yes, there is an investigation going on to ascertain those things like I said we did find a fingerprint in the plane, we have sent that fingerprint for testing through Interpol and there were other things that were found that we’re looking at with a view to see if we will be able to identify who the pilot is and where the pilot is from. At this time we have not received those results as yet so we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.”
Since the plane landed last Thursday, multiple rumors and allegations have been surfacing including the report that a group of law enforcement officers was leaving the landing site when the BDF and Police arrived. Police Commissioner Williams addressed this particular report saying that it is just mischief and pure speculation.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “There are a number of persons spewing nonsense that makes no sense. ANU have – I won’t say how much vehicles they have but ANU have several vehicles and the higher up officer you’re speaking about him and I were together that entire night and we went out there together on the scene and when we got there BSAG were in the area guarding the plane so I don’t see how he could have said to BSAG ‘Don’t go in.’ or ‘Don’t search or don’t do that.The police and BDF who were a part of that operation, the initial interception were there long ahead of myself and Mr.Broaster so for them to say that Mr.Broaster ordered for this not to be done or that not to be done is a total fabrication.”