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#469526 - 08/04/13 10:53 AM Corozal Free Zone Connection To Salvador Drug Bust
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Last night we told you about the thousand pound cocaine bust that was made in El Salvador – the 48 buckets full of drugs in a refrigerated cargo truck were declared as frozen pineapple and were destined for the Corozal Free Zone in Belize. Well, 7news has confirmed that two companies in the free zone called OXCEL and Grupo Sol have been receiving those shipments for some time. In this case it was a twin shipment, one of the trucks got intercepted in Salvador and the other one arrived in Belize at the Benque Viejo border 11 days ago, on the 21ST July. It's declared cargo was frozen pineapple valued at $65,399 dollars.

But it appears the second truck – which was checked and cleared in Salvador – did have only frozen pineapple, and that's currently now sitting in a container at the Free Zone. The container has been searched by customs and the police K-9 unit and has been found to be clean. The only problem now is that it has been left un-refrigerated for 48 hours and all the once frozen pineapple inside is rotten and has to be discarded. This evening, customs was in the process of seeking authority to dump the contents. BAHA has asked that the company, Grupo Sol dig a hole to bury it.

So, who's responsible for the shipment – who was it heading to? Well, from what we've been able to find out, the companies OXCEL and Grupo Sol are registered in the name of a Lebanese man from Colombia. We could not find out his name and when we called the Chairman of the Corozal Free Zone, David Akierman, incredibly, he claimed that he only knew what had been reported in the Salvadorian Press. He professed no knowledge of which company the drugs were destined for, or who's behind those companies.

However, we have learned that customs and police have tried to find this Colombian Lebanese man – who is known to have occasional residence and a well-connected wife in Belize - and he is nowhere to be found. Our sources say that he could have links to Hezbollah.

7news has also learned that these frozen pineapple shipments have been coming into Belize for some time – and they have been steadily tracked by Belizean authorities. Why? Well, simply because they claim to be destined for Mexico – a country which has no shortage of its own home-grown pineapples – so that pattern threw up a flag. But, in the past, checks were made – and pineapple samples were even sent to CPBL for testing – and they came back negative for any drug traces.

Typically, the shipments would come in from Costa Rica, enter the free zone and be transferred directly to a refrigerated container truck headed for Mexico.

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#469729 - 08/07/13 11:27 AM Re: Corozal Free Zone Connection To Salvador Drug Bust [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Free Zone Business Owner Disclaims Any Knowledge of Cocaine Shipment

Samer Akil Rada has told a Mexican newspaper that he has nothing to do with the major cocaine shipment of over a thousand pounds that was intercepted in Salvador, but destined for his Free Zone company.

He told Informativo Quintana Roo that the business of which he is a partner, called Cargoyo has 138 clients and provides logistic support and transportation services for packaged products from different parts of the world.

He tells the newspaper that he did not know that the container of buckets of pineapple juice was actually filled with cocaine. He says that his company was only hired to transport the container within Belizean territory from Benque Viejo del Carmen to the Free Zone. He further explained that there were actually two containers being shipped. One of them had the drugs which were intercepted but the other made it to the Corozal Free Zone. By that time, however, the frozen pineapple juice had spoilt because of all the checks.

He pointed out that those who loaded the shipment were employees of Costa Rican company “Productos Florida S.A” and holds that none of “CargoYo’s” employees were present at the time of loading. The media quotes Rada as saying “I want to make clear that I am not missing; I am showing my face” end quote.

Rada says “CargoYo” has been in existence for 8 years. During that time, Rada was elected to serve on the Free Zone’s Board of Directors – until he was voted off in May of 2012.

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