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#496839 - 10/16/14 04:16 AM US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops  
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The Belizean Law Enforcement and US Military have collaborated once more to destroy $54 Million dollars in marijuana plantations throughout Belize.

The US Military, through Joint Task Force Bravo, which is based in Soto Cano, Honduras, provided airlift support to a joint Belizean team comprising officers from the BDF, Coast Guard, the Anti-Drug Unit, and the Mobile Interdiction Team.

The authorities have not released any details as to where these marijuana plantations are located, but the operation took place between September 29 to October 3 - a 5 day operation, 3 weeks ago.

A release from the US Embassy says that with the help of 2 UH-60 Blackhawks and 1 CH-47 Chinook Helicopters, the joint team of law enforcement officers were able to destroy over 58,000 marijuana plants 10 pounds of seeds and one thousand pounds of processed marijuana, to an estimated street value of 27 US Million dollars - or 54 Million Belizean dollars. The operation was part of the continuing partnership between both governments in an effort to disrupt the narcotics trade.

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Massive Law Enforcement Effort Destroys Fifty-four Million Dollars in Marijuana

On Tuesday, the US Embassy, through its Office of Public Affairs, issued a press release in which it announced the discovery and destruction of marijuana with a street value of twenty-seven million U.S. dollars; that’s fifty-four million Belize dollars. The joint five-day operation included participation from the B.D.F., the Belize Coast Guard, the Anti-Drug Unit and the Mobile Interdiction Unit. The mission was made possible through support from the U.S. Army’s Joint Task Force Bravo, stationed in Honduras, which provided three helicopters. This is only one of several such operations which have yielded significant returns, and B.D.F. Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Shepherd, told News Five that they can see the difference in local production already.

Lt. Col. Raymond Shepherd, Chief of Staff, Belize Defence Force

Raymond Shepherd

“These operations are intelligence driven, so we get information from our patrols that do routine patrols in the jungle, and then we’ll coordinate these with our strategic partners, particularly the United States Southern Command for their helicopter support. In this particular operation, between the twenty-ninth of September and the third of October 2014, the Belize Defence force stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the Belize Police Department and the Belize Coast Guard which yielded the discovery and destruction of fifty-two thousand eight hundred and ninety-five marijuana plants. Two fields were located in the Orange Walk District, which yielded three thousand three hundred and fifty plants; in the Cayo District four fields which yielded ten thousand seven hundred and four plants, and in the Toledo District the greatest yield was twenty-two fields – thirty-eight thousand eight hundred and forty-one plants.”


“Could you tell us if you all have seen the effects of all this destruction that has been taking place in this and past operations?”

Lt. Col. Raymond Shepherd

“Certainly. Evidence of this is the decrease in discovery in the north. In March we conducted a similar operation and in the north we destroyed twenty-six thousand plants. In this operation we only discovered and destroyed three thousand plants.”

The joint operation reported that there were no confrontations during the destruction. They believe that anybody who might have been in or around the marijuana fields left the area when they heard the helicopters coming.

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#496891 - 10/16/14 03:24 PM Re: US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops [Re: Marty]  
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Fifty four million dollars destroyed plus at what cost? Maybe the country could get out of debt if it harvested the stuff instead. Sell it to one of the US states where it is now legal. I guess the USA DEA doesn't have enough business in the states these days so they come down here and . . . . well . . you finish the sentence.

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#496893 - 10/16/14 04:59 PM Re: US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops [Re: Marty]  
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The states selling it here in the U.S. wouldn't even bother trying to sell that stuff. The product grade is so inferior it has no value in states where recreational/medical marijuana has been legalized. The legalized states have much better products grown in greenhouses. If it is eventually decriminalized in the U.S. and all 50 states support it, it will eliminate the flow from Central America into the U.S.

#496895 - 10/16/14 05:58 PM Re: US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops [Re: Marty]  
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I agree that it was a total waste of taxpayer money but you are talking about trying to market local potatoes to the US vs. Idaho potatoes. Most of the illegal weed in the US comes from Canada and the US not Belize or any other Central American country, the transportation costs are too high. Cocaine runs through Central America like sh*t through a Goose but not weed. The US really needs to screw off and fix their consumption problem at home. Cutting off the supply is not the solution to the problems in America, it's the problem.

#496896 - 10/16/14 06:18 PM Re: US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops [Re: Marty]  
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Not to mention how it hurts our economy. Illegal or not it creates commerce and money flows around the country.
This is outdated thinking and a fresh look at the Belize marijuana industry should be taken.

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#496944 - 10/17/14 12:30 PM Re: US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops [Re: Marty]  
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I wasn't suggesting we export it - just sell it to the locals who are already using it, OH YEAH - and all those tourists who come down here looking for it.
There's more than one way to skin a cat.

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#496969 - 10/18/14 05:06 AM Re: US And BDF Destroy Marijuana Crops [Re: Marty]  
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BDF and US Blaze Up Weed Plantations

As we you on Wednesday, the BDF collaborated with the US Military's Joint-Task Force Bravo over a 5-day campaign to destroy all marijuana plantations. They managed to burn and destroy $54 million dollars worth of drugs, and today the Commander explained that this operation was happening simultaneously with the third Incisive Gallop.

Brig. Gen. David Jones, Commander, Belize Defence Force
"Way down in the middle here, these were all in the Chiquibul over ten thousand marijuana plans were destroyed in the Chiquibul and the remaining 38,841 plants were in the Toledo District. There were a lot more plantations along the borderline, but it is very challenging to go there. We only had the helicopters for a short period of time, so we weren't able to go to the others, but there is still a number of marijuana plantations along the AZ be it inside the Chiquibul or along the other portion of the western border."

Over that 5 day period, the joint enforcement team destroyed 58 thousand marijuana plants, 10 pounds of marijuana seeds, and 1 thousand pounds of processed marijuana plants. Joint-Task Force Bravo provided 2 UH-60 Blackhawks and 1 CH-47 Chinook Helicopters to assist with the destruction.

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