Likely Carried Drug Cargo

Yesterday, Orange Walk police found a burnt plane in the Orange Walk District. It is believed to have carried a drug cargo - and was most likely destroyed by the traffickers flying it - which is standard procedure. The plane is a large one - believed to be a twin turbo-prop King Air 200 - and it can carry a heavy cargo, as much as a tonne. It was found crashed and burned in a corn field not far from Hill Bank in the south-central Orange Walk District .

Police told us more:..

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City
"Yesterday, Orange Walk police received information of a plane somewhere in the Hill Bank area. As a result police and BDF personnel proceeded to the Hill Bank area where they observed in a cornfield an aircraft completely destroyed by fire."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Was there any signs of illicit activity or any reports that illicit activity had been seen in or around the plane?"

ASP Alejandro Cowo
"So far we don't have information that anything illegal was seen in the area. The only information that the police received about this plane in that area, hence the reason they proceed there and they found the plane completely destroyed by fire."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Was it a landing strip or was it that they just landed on corn, or was it just a little landing area carved out?"

ASP Alejandro Cowo
"It just landed on the plain cornfield."

Jules Vasquez, reporter
"Are you all drawing any conclusions if it was drug-related?"

ASP Alejandro Cowo
"Well, we are looking at that angle at this moment. The police and the BDF are working together to establish exactly what happened out there."

No lives appear to have been lost.

Civil Aviation could not confirm the type of plane because they have not inspected it yet. It was completely burnt and stripped of clues. Our sources tell us these areas in the southern Orange Walk District and Northwestern Belize District are commonly used as landing areas for drug cargo.

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