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San Pedro Police News: American Drowns and Cannabis caught before flight

It’s always nice to receive a gift through the mail. But every now and then a package being sent through the municipal airports tend to have what police refer to as green leafy substances. Creative criminals have found many ways to mask their illicit cargo, including using cereal boxes, but the San Pedro Police found an illegal shipment of marijuana the old fashioned way by investigating. The officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Branch for Belize City, ASP Alejandro Cowo says that officers on Ambergris Caye intercepted 2,356 grams of cannabis.

ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head CIB Belize: “San Pedro Police while conducting their routine checkpoints at the Municipal Airstrip in San Pedro came across the cargo section of Tropic air of a box containing 22 small parcels of suspected cannabis. As result police opened the box, when it was weighed, it weighed a total of 2356 grams of Cannabis. No one’s name was found on the box so it was labeled as found property. Based on the information that police is receiving, that is where the information is being followed. I know that they are looking for the person the parcel was addressed to. Sometimes we know that the parcel is sent in people’s name but the people do not really exist and that is the challenge that we have sometimes have but whenever we have accurate information and we know who the package has been delivered too then that is where the police do make an arrest sometimes.”

Jose Sanchez – Reporter: “How do they detect it? Do they open the parcels and see the green leafy substance?”

ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head CIB Belize: “Yes based on information police received it is something that is constantly being done, it is not the first time. If you have to heard that there are several times police has been working there and also on the boats that come in from Corozal and other places.”

Earlier in the news we told you about 3 men who drowned when their vehicle plunged into the river in the Orange Walk District. But there was a fourth person who drowned in Belize. A tourist on vacation in Belize, passed away over the weekend on Ambergris Caye. ASP Alejandro Cowo says the police department informed the US Embassy that Lora Brooks Peterson drowned while on vacation on the island.

ASP Alejandro Cowo – Head CIB Belize: “On Sunday the 28th of April just after 11 San Pedro police visited the Polyclinic where they observed the motionless body of Lora Brook Peterson 67 years U.S. National. What police gathered is that sometime after 10 in the morning she was snorkeling at the Mexican Rocks Marine Reserve about 8 miles north of San Pedro when she began gasping for air and thereafter CPR was done on her and she was transported to the Polyclinic where she passed away. No foul play suspected and yes we do have to inform the U.S. Embassy in regards to the citizen.”