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#20612 - 03/08/06 12:32 PM DEA check points
Katie Valk Offline
Imagine my surpise when I pulled up to a (passive) police check point on the Northern hywy outside of OW town and a blonde haired blue eyed US DEA agent stopped my vehicle (with drug sniffing dogs). I was concerned about the constitutionality of a foreign legal enforcement agent who has no jurisdiction in Belize acting in a law enforcement capacity. They told me to pull over and present ID, which I refused to do unless was directed to by the Belize police. Like you being stopped at a check point on Main St USA by Belize police. But not like being stopped at the same in Bagdad. Was also angry DEA would waste its resources on chump drug busts while everyone knows where to find the tons moving north from Columbia to the US. PS-I was traveling south, in the opposite direction of the significant trafficing route.
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#20613 - 03/08/06 02:36 PM Re: DEA check points
Chris Offline
US DEA would have the right to partake in law enforcement in Belize if they were working with with the Belize police at the invitation of the Belize government.

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#20614 - 03/08/06 02:47 PM Re: DEA check points
Phil Offline
.....still you'd have thought they'd let the Belizians do the talking, assumming there were some present. What happened when you refused?

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#20615 - 03/08/06 03:34 PM Re: DEA check points
Scuba-John Offline
Chris is correct, and with the recent US "gifts" to the governement you can be happy that the US is Helping.

Clover, there are many other "wasterful" things you can write about that would get more attention.
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#20616 - 03/08/06 03:45 PM Re: DEA check points
Happy Birthday Sir Isaac Newton Offline
Kinda strange how after the US "freed" Afganistan, it continues to produce 90% of the World's heroine. I guess they skipped that part of "keeping the world safe".

It seems a shipment most have went missing again.

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#20617 - 03/08/06 05:11 PM Re: DEA check points
Amanda Syme Offline
Glad to hear it. Some of us feel more comfortable in life with a little US government protection and intervention.

"Reasonable" expectations of privacy and free speech etc. went out of the window after the terror attacks on the Twin Towers.

If the US is willing to provide additional law enforcement resources to us we'll take it - with THANKS.

One would expect that those with something to hide would learn that they can no longer hide in Belize.

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#20618 - 03/08/06 05:58 PM Re: DEA check points
Anonymous
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

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#20619 - 03/08/06 06:05 PM Re: DEA check points
Now Danny Offline
You are right about that Law.

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#20620 - 03/08/06 06:07 PM Re: DEA check points
Anonymous
I didn't say it, but I entirely agree w/ it and am very concerned about the errosion of basic freedoms being evidenced under the present administration.

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#20621 - 03/08/06 06:23 PM Re: DEA check points
clover Offline
I don't think Belize has a "probable cause" statute.

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