Another police officer may also be facing criminal charges after he was caught illegally traveling in Mexico last week. Twenty-eight-year old police constable Mark Hinds was caught by Mexican immigration authorities on a bus bound for Chetumal on Wednesday afternoon. According to reports, Hinds entered Mexico through the riverside in San Victor Village and travelled to Alvaro Obregon, a village in Quintana Roo. After being caught, Hinds was later detained in Chetumal and the Belizean Consul in Mexico was informed. Love News understands that Belizean diplomats acted quickly, and on Thursday, August 12, he was escorted to the Belizean Immigration Office at the Northern border and later handed over to a Belizean immigration officer as a deportee. According to Commander of the Professional Standards Branch, ASP Calbert Flowers, the officer is being treated as a regular border jumper.
Sr.Supt. Calbert Flowers, Commander, Professional Standards Branch: “We are working closely with immigration and if immigration agree to bring a criminal charge against him then we will support them. We cannot encourage these type of behavior. He’s being treated as a regular border jumper so he’s being dealt with by my office disciplinarily and we’re working with immigration to see if they will bring any criminal charges against him. He accepted that he did wrong. He actually crossed by a canoe in the river and entered one of these southern villages in Mexico. He was actually on a public transportation heading to Chetumal when he was intercepted at a Mexican immigration checkpoint. He was detained for the night and he was subsequently handed over the following day to Belizean immigration as a deportee. So he was deported back to Belize and then handed over to Belize police.”
Hinds, who is attached to precinct one in Belize City, was travelling to Mexico to purchase parts for his motorcycle.