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Will a new radar be enough to stop drug planes from entering Belize?

The Belize Police Department is hopeful that an eight-million dollar primary radar, which was approved for Belize last week, will aid in their fight against narco-trafficking. It will be an upgrade from the secondary radar that the department is currently using in its operations. The radar’s primary focus will be to detect non-cooperating aircraft and assist in the fight against narco-trafficking in Belize and the region. It’s a high-tech piece of equipment that the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, says he hopes will deter drug cartels. 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “If it reaches the stage where it stops landing then it’s better for us that’s what we would want and so if the ministry’s announcement of the radar would serve as a deterrent of the cartels then I am happy for that. Nonetheless if it is that the drug plans continue to come then we still have to ensure that we are prepared to deal with them as they come and that’s what we will do.”

The radar will be provided by the Central American Corporation of Aero Navigation Services (COCESNA).