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US Government donated counter narcotics equipment to Belize

The US Government has donated counter narcotics equipment to the Ministry of National Security. The equipment comes from the U.S. Southern Command and it was funded by the U.S. counter-narcotics program office at a cost of six hundred and twelve thousand dollars. This equipment will assist in the fight to counter the activities of transnational criminal organizations.  The upgraded secondary entry control point to the Belize Defense Force Base at Price Barracks is a partnership between the Light Engineer Company of the Belize Defense Force and the Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Section of U.S. Southern Command, which provided eighteen thousand US dollars for material and equipment.  This project will help to enhance the security of infrastructure, equipment, and personnel who live and work at Price Barracks. The U.S. Embassy’s Senior Defense Official Lieutenant/Defense Attaché Colonel Eldridge Singleton, Belize Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Johnny Borland, and Deputy Commander Belize Defense Force Colonel Azariel Loria were on hand to formalize the handing over.  This equipment reinforces the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the stability and security of Belize, the region, and the Western Hemisphere as a whole.