Millions of dollars in illegal extractions at Caracol
Two Guatemalans will be facing charges of illegal entry into the country and into a national park, illegal logging and resisting arrest. On Wednesday, a special patrol conducted in the Caracol Archaeological Reserve, discovered the two men conducting illegal logging operations. According to a press release from the Friends for Conservation and Development, in recent weeks the sounds of chainsaws could be heard in the vicinity of the Caracol epicenter, which is almost five miles inside Belize. On Wednesday night the joint forces carried out an operation, where they seized a thirty-three inch chainsaw, measuring tape and machine oil. They apprehended two culprits, while one got away. The men, identified as nineteen year old Cruz Milian and twenty-six year old Miguel Angel Sandoval gave their address as La Rejoya, PetÚn in Guatemala. Both men were transported to the San Ignacio police station where they are expected to be charged. FCD is reporting that the extraction of timber in the area has escalated in recent months. In 2011, their assessment put the value of timber lost in the Caracol Archaeological Reserve at over two point four million U.S dollars.