Tonight the Anti Drug Unit is proudly claiming the biggest bust of the drug Crystal Meth ever in Belize. "Meth" as it is called is short for methamphetamine - and it is a highly addictive drug widely used in the United States. In many cases, the drug itself or, more often, the chemical precursors used to make it are trafficked through Belize, Guatemala and Mexico to the US.
And last night, a stash with a value of more than 2 million US dollars was found in Orange Walk - and it happened, almost by chance. An unmarked anti drug unit vehicle was in the Louisiana area of Orange Walk Town when police observed a black Toyota Camry car driving erratically on the road, veering from one side to the other.
The ADU pursued the vehicle to get the driver to pull over. But instead he sped up and headed towards the Northern Highway on Liberty Avenue. But the Toyota Camry spun out of control and that's when two passengers tried to flee on foot. Reports say the police fired at them, which is when the pair was apprehended.
Inside the car police found a cooler with 18 parcels of Crystal Meth weighing 54.7 kilos, or 120 pounds. Belize police today said the value was 2 million US dollars, but internet documents we have seen from the Penssylvania Attorney General's Office says 120 pounds would have a street value of as much as 12 million US dollars.
The driver was identified as 49-year-old RUPERTO EULALIO REYES of an Orange Walk resident and the passenger was 52-year-old PASCUAL TERRERO PINEDA, a Cuban of Boca Del Rio, San Pedro Town.
Both have been arrested and are expected to be arraigned tomorrow.