A Mexican newspaper says that the King Air 200 that crash landed in the Blue Creek area one week ago made a huge wet drop in the Rio Hondo. This confirms what experts told us after seeing the black bags, rope and markers attached to it inside the plane.
The Diario Quintana Roo reports that 6 boats manned by Belizean crews lifted more than three thousand pounds of illicit drug cargo out of the Rio Hondo near the Mexican village of Ramonal.
Villagers told the newspaper that they saw and heard the plane circle three times over the Hondo - flying an estimated 150 feet above the water's surface. They also saw silver and brown packages tumbling out of the plane.
They say the 6 boats with about 20 armed men scooping up the drugs came out of a channel that connects Patchakan in Corozal to Ramonal in Mexico. They claim crews picked up more than 100 presumed drug parcels in 10 minutes. Now, this is the same area of Estero on the Belize side which we've reported on many times as a contraband and illicit drugs hotspot.
The villagers tell the newspaper that the boat crews took the drug parcels back into Belize, through the Patchakan channel.
So, presumably, from there the plane flew over to the "Cuatro Leguas" area of Blue Creek to make a landing - and possible get refueled. But, the ground was too soft for the heavy aircraft and the aircraft got mud all the way up to its wing, which also snapped.
Three pickups were found in the area: a Chevrolet truck with Belize plates, another one near the plane, and one more trying to cross over into the Mexican side.
No arrests have been made in Belize and police have reported no drug discoveries.
The Diario Quintano Roo estimates the wet drop at one and a half tons - which is about 3500 pounds. We know the King Air 200 has a carrying capacity of 4,500 pounds.
Chetumal: They downloaded the drugs into the river
Last Tuesday, while military and police authorities deployed a large security operation throughout the Ribera del Río Hondo, a group of six boats with two outboard motors each, their crew of Belizean origin were responsible for lifting approximately a ton and a half of alleged cocaine that the Cesna-type plane threw in the waters of the Hondo River in the town of Ramonal, was what some residents of the place who witnessed the events commented.
According to the comments of some of the inhabitants who were in the vicinity of the park of said town, they observed the sighting of the Cesna-type plane, which made about three overflights over the waters of the Hondo River, which was used by the aircraft as a track.