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Update on Water Contamination at San Vicente Village

Tonight police investigators in southern Belize are having a difficult time charging the man villagers suspect contaminated their water reservoir on Monday. That man we are told is at the Punta Gorda Hospital undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. He reportedly poured a gallon of an insecticide called Malathion into the reservoir in San Vincente Village, near the western border, in the Toledo District. This caused six villagers to fall ill and be taken to the hospital. Four of those villagers have been released while two remain under investigation. Police officers were in the village today and recorded statements from five villagers. However, none of those villagers could place the suspect at the crime scene. Also, we understand that the Malathion was not bought at the farm centre in Toledo. Police suspect it was purchased in Guatemala. The police is strongly advising villagers to desist from illegally crossing the border to purchase items in Guatemala. We’ve also learned that eighty villagers signed a petition and delivered it to the police, asking that the suspect is not allowed to return to the village. That petition is expected to go nowhere because it would infringe on the person’s right to free movement. The villagers were cautioned that if they choose violence as an act of revenge they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. We’ll keep following this story.