Soon after an alleged Hezbollah terrorist secured Belizean documents in a matter of days, there is more bad news for Belize. The country has once again been placed on the United States’ black list of twenty-two countries that are considered a part of the transnational drug trade. The list, issued by President Barrack Obama on Independence Day last week, puts Belize along with Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela as major drug transit and/or illicit drug producing countries. In the memorandum, President Obama notes that while being on the list may not be because of a lack of counternarcotics efforts by the government, he says that one of the reasons is, “the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to transit or be produced, even if a government has carried out stringent narcotics control law enforcement measures.” The Caribbean region and Central America—both of which include Belize—are considered transit zones for illegal substances destined for US markets. It is estimated that approximately five percent of all drugs destined for the United States pass through The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica while about ninety-five percent of illegal drugs cultivated and produced in South America destined for the US are smuggled through Central America, Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific, primarily by boats and illegal air flights.