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#486792 - 02/26/14 09:45 AM US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted?
Marty Offline

The name OJ Holden popped into the news last week when the 76 year old American-Belizean Caye Caulker Resident had what could have been a serious accident at the San Pedro Belize Express Terminal. He pulled up his pants, and accidentally triggered the 9 millimeter pistol that was in his pocket. The gun fired towards the ground, and when the bullet hit, the fragments splintered off and grazed two persons. They received only very minor injury and Holder's gun was confiscated, while the two injured persons declined to press charges.

But it seems that little appearance in the news, however fleeting, caught the attention of US Law Enforcement. Our reports say that last week, Holden was detained in Belize on the interest of US law enforcement. But, Holden who has been in Belize for 22 years, is a naturalized Belizean, so he was released.

Today, an embassy spokesperson in Belmopan told us that, quote, "The U.S. Embassy can confirm that OJ Holden is wanted by U.S. law enforcement for narcotics charges." End quote. When asked if the U.S. will be seeking his extradition, we were told, quote, "(US) law enforcement routinely works with Belizean counterparts on areas of mutual interest." End of quote.

We reached Holden five minutes ago and he told us Holden told us that the questioning was because of a mis-statement in his passport that he applied for 14 years ago. He told he is not wanted for narcotics charges, which is something he never did, and it is not something that concerns him at all. When asked about the US statement that he was wanted, he told us quote, "what they want you for doesn't mean that's what you did." End quote.

Holden is a well known resident of Caye Caulker where he has lived for 20 years, and owns a dive shop. We could not reach him for comment, but a write-up on the internet says he was the chairman of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue for 10 years and a Rescue Boat Captain and Pilot. In Belize, he was the rescue coordinator for British Army 25 Flight and the crime control representative for the Belize Tourism Industry Association.

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#487683 - 03/08/14 05:31 PM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
Rykat Offline
hmmm, guess I should check with Katie Valk to see what my opinion should be about this guy!?!
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#487685 - 03/08/14 06:44 PM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
yelmer Offline
I really wish you would knock it off rykat

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#487686 - 03/08/14 06:50 PM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Me too, your act is wearing thin rykat. Cool the attitude or join Ernie on the sidelines. Consider this to be your last warning.

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#487696 - 03/09/14 01:45 AM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
Cooper Offline
How sad that people post stuff that dont even know OJ. Belize is a melting pot of misfits. I wont speak of anything wrong OJ may have done but he has helped out so many people here in the last 20 yrs, if he has hurt some, well it wasn't me.
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#487698 - 03/09/14 04:41 AM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
Dane Offline
OJ is a hero to some folks on CC.

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#487705 - 03/09/14 12:19 PM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
I am a warden for the US Embassy, but can not comment on their behalf. I've known OJ since he arrived in Belize and he certified a dear friend of mine for a movie in FL yrs before that. He has always been pleasant to me, but am grateful I was not standing near him and got shot when he dropped his gun.
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#487719 - 03/09/14 07:23 PM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
When I got to the line "he dropped his pants" I started laughing. . . oh, read on.
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#487720 - 03/09/14 07:58 PM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
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Harriette....You and I must be wired the same way in the humor department......I did the same thing.....I know, I know, it's not funny, but sometimes ........
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#487735 - 03/10/14 03:12 AM Re: US Embassy: OJ Holden Wanted? [Re: Marty]
Cooper Offline
And OJ would laugh as well...yes he is a hero here, so many folks having heart attacks or serious injuries in the middle of the night, owe their lives to him. He was for years the guy that could bring the Helicopters here to save lives, he ran his boat 24/7 to transport critically injured to the City. He would wake up in the middle of the night to help save a sick dog or cat. Oh forgive me for saying this if OJ is reading, he is getting old, we will all get old and sloppy and not have our pants on tight enough, most of the negative posters on here are just about at that age...all of you have a mistake or two that we could bring up in your declining years.and not many of you gave to the community what he has.
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