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#488356 - 03/20/14 08:19 PM Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep
Marty Offline

As early at 4a.m. this morning, Thursday, March 20, 2014, 52 GSU soldiers were already raiding homes, searching individuals on the street, posting traffic checkpoints and confiscating drugs. Residents were alarmed at first but soon realized that the island’s local authorities had responded to their cries and were quick to bring in the GSU to the island after the sudden insurgence of crime on the island. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. commented that after he brought up the request at the last government cabinet meeting, there was a unanimous agreement to bring the GSU to Ambergris Caye.

The Gang Suppression Unit is working independently from the San Pedro Police Department, conducting their own searches, raids and checkpoints. They are stopping every person on bicycles to conduct searches, inspecting every vehicle indiscriminately. The Unit has already made several arrests and drug busts.

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Law enforcement agencies descend on Ambergris Caye

A contingency of law enforcement agencies consisting of members of Belize Police Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) and the Belize Defense Force (BDF) have descended on the island to tackle the surge in crime. The over 50 officers are part of an operation to “clean up” the island and purge Ambergris Caye of rogue elements that have caused havoc, contributing to a drastic increase in crime activities over the past few weeks. The law personnel were deployed in the wee hours of Thursday March 20th and by 4AM, they were out conducting early morning raids.

Residents as well as tourism stakeholders have been complaining about the spike in crime and have been calling on the government for immediate action. The sentiments were echoed during a peace rally last week in which over 400 islanders demanded that elected leaders take measures to bring the island back to normality. According to the head of the special operation, Commander of Operation at the Eastern Division Police Department (which includes Ambergris Caye) Senior Superintendent of Police Edward Broaster, the contingency of officers that are deployed to San Pedro are operating independently of the local police force. “We are conducting our own patrols and raids given the surge of shooting incidents in San Pedro Town and on the island in general. We want to ensure that San Pedro continues to be the tranquil place it is known for and for the residents and our tourists to enjoy the island for what it is.”

The operations began on March 20th and will run indefinitely until the island can see a sense of peace and normality.

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#488396 - 03/21/14 11:15 AM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

GSU descends on San Pedro to fight a crime wave

Early this morning, members of several high-intensity, elite units of the Police, B.D.F. and Coast Guard descended on the island of San Pedro. It is part of an operation to restore order to the island in a hurry, with as much impact to the criminal element as possible. From what News Five has been able to gather, the strategy is working, and the operation yielded significant return in just its first few hours. So why did the operation become absolutely necessary? Today News Five spoke to GSU head Linden Flowers via phone, and he told us that escalating crime in San Pedro dictated immediate and decisive action.

Via Phone: Linden Flowers, GSU Head via phone

Via Phone: Linden Flowers

“It resulted out of the number of incidents that occurred in the past couple of weeks. Which was aired on the radio and complaints were blast from certain citizens from within San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. At that time the police from the commissioner’s office, we made a decision to come out today to assist the police department personnel hosted in San Pedro Town. And as the result an operation commenced this morning headed by Sr. Supt Edward Broaster and assisted by other police officers from various branches of the department from Belize City. We have been assisted by elements of the coastguard, assisted by the B.D.F. and personnel from the B.D.F. are complimenting the patrols that we have done in the north within San Pedro Town and the wider community. That is due to the number of personnel we want to have on the ground to have the kind of impact that we expect in this operation that we want to yield. So far the operation has started around 8 a.m. has yielded over a thousand grams of suspected cannabis as well as over a thousand grams of what we suspect to be cocaine. These searches were done in several parts of San Pedro including the San Juan area. We have also done some searches in San Pedrito area and we are also endeavoring to get the assurance of citizens and residence of San Pedro that the Police Department will do what it takes to keep the citizenry of San Pedro safe. And that the citizens here has been very cooperative and have given assistance to the personnel doing the stop and search, vehicle check points and personnel doing the house searches and just basic neighborhood stop and meat and great that is also going on.”

According to Flowers, the operation will continue until midnight tonight. At that time the impact will be analyzed to determine if it should continue, or if its configuration should be changed.

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#488434 - 03/21/14 07:23 PM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: Marty]
ScubaLdy Offline
Don't stop now!
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#488436 - 03/21/14 08:05 PM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: ScubaLdy]
Diane Campbell Offline
Originally Posted By: ScubaLdy
Don't stop now!


Indeed! This deep-sweep needs to be an ongoing thing for a while and then repeated at irregular, unpredictable times.

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#488581 - 03/25/14 12:53 PM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
Joint Operations Yield Drugs, Alcohol and Firearm

Last week we told you of the joint operation that was being conducted on San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. It was an immense team effort as the Military, Coast Guard and Police officers including members of the Gang Suppression Unit got together and carried out a search of twenty premises, two hundred and fifty vehicles as well as individuals. They also carried out searches on ten known bases on the island. It was an intense day’s work that resulted in the arrest of eight person for drug possession, I person for an immigration offense, one person for possession of crack pipe as well as the confiscation of one thousand two hundred and fifteen grams of cocaine, one thousand and ninety seven grams of marijuana as well as one 4 ˝ inch crack pipe and a marijuana plant about 1 ˝ feet tall and one nine millimetre pistol with a magazine containing three live rounds of ammunition. In addition to all this, the operation yielded uncustomed goods including one litre of Teacher’s Whiskey, three litres Bacardi White rum, one litre of Five Whiskey. The operation on the island entailed vehicular check points, mobile and foot patrols as well as maritime patrols. The operations team was led by Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster and Superintendent Linden Flowers.

LOVEFM

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#488634 - 03/26/14 09:31 PM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: Marty]
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#488639 - 03/26/14 10:58 PM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: seashell]
klcman Offline
should have forced them to drink the rot gut whiskey.......
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#489906 - 04/24/14 07:26 PM Re: Belize Gang Suppression Unit Starts Island Sweep [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Gang Suppression Unit Back on Ambergris Caye Over Easter Break

After a successful operation on the island by the Eastern Police Division in mid March, a smaller unit was back on the island over the long holiday weekend to insure that San Pedro, Ambergris Caye would have a safe Easter break. Members of the Belize Gang Suppression Unit were back on the island to do follow up surprise drug raids, conduct sweeps in North Ambergris Caye and secure crime hot spots in town. In mid-March, the island experienced a spike in criminal activity, in particular shooting incidents, that was of great concern for residents. During the first raid before Easter, 47 personnel from Eastern Police Division, headed by Sr. Supt. Edwards Broaster descended to the island of San Pedro to conduct police operations which were very successful.

During a meeting with the heads of Neighborhood Watches on the island, Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Department, Luis Castellanos, indicated that the southern end of Ambergris Caye is the safest area on the island with Town Core, San Juan Area and Boca del Rio Area having the highest incidents of crime. Last month’s crime report indicated an increase in criminal activity on the island, particularly in these three areas.

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