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Another Drug Plane Lands, On Mennonite Farm In Toledo #533920
12/22/18 06:25 AM
12/22/18 06:25 AM
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Tonight, yet another plane has been added to the long list of suspicious aircraft that have landed or attempted to land in Belize.   Recently though, reports have started to place those planes in the south.  Two weeks ago, one landed on the Guatemalan side of the Sarstoon - and last night it was on a mennonite farm near Barranco, Toledo .  Our Emanuel Pech and Angel Noble were the first media to get there and here's what they saw:

Emanuel Pech
"I am on the outskirts of the quiet village of Barranco near what is presumed to be  a drug plane landing. This goes on the list of a series of drug plane landings in Belize over the last couple of years. Just behind me over that shed is small white aircraft heavily guarded by a platoon of officers."

What you see here is a single engine Cessna 210. Authorities in Punta Gorda were alerted to the landing of the suspicious aircraft in the wee hours of the morning.

Police say that sometime between 9 and 10 pm last night, the aircraft landed here, on Pletts farm about a mile off the Barranco Village Road, in the Toledo District.

Our news team arrived at the scene shortly after 11 this morning. BDF and MIT had already swarmed the area; guarding the aircraft with very heavy artillery;

Some even wore masks. They approached us; but before we could reveal our identities as media personnel the officers told us to turn back and so we did.

We stopped approximately 300 yards from the scene to get some more footage. But again, we were told to leave.

Officer
"We a give you a final warning to come off the property right. Let's go pack up those things."

Emanuel Pech
"What is the limit sir?"

Officer
"Private property, so outside of the gate. This is your final warning."

Emanuel Pech
"Sir no problem."

Officer
"Pack that up, off it."

We left the scene, followed closely by our uniformed escorts. They locked the gate on us to keep us away for good.

Part of their extra sensitivity might be because of this guy sitting down behind the wheel of this SUV. It's difficult to tell from this angle but he is not taking a break from the heat. He is in handcuffs

And He is Police Constable Peter Graham assigned to the Punta Gorda Police Formation.

He and another unnamed man were found in the immediate area inside an SUV.

Authorities say the SUV had a drum of aviation fuel and what resembled airplane seats. What Graham intended to do with these items is left for authorities to determine.

In the meantime PC Graham will remain detained pending the outcome this investigation.

Now, although this is a suspected drug plane landing, police turned up empty handed when they searched the aircraft.   The plane was empty except for several drums of aviation fuel found in the immediate area. It most be noted that since November of last year there have been a total of 13 suspicious planes that have been either intercepted, abandoned or destroyed within Belize.   

Police have released Graham's name, but have not disclosed what charges if any will be brought against him.  He is reported to be form Barranco Village.

Channel 7


Another Drug Plane Lands in Barranco; 1 Officer Detained

The most recent suspected drug plane landing was in southern Belize. Previous landings were occurring frequently up north where the narco-traffickers were generally outsmarting police in their modus operandi. The plane that landed overnight is a Centurion single engine, similar to one that was found in Tres Leguas community in Orange Walk with one thousand two hundred and twenty-six pounds of cocaine. In that case, a senior police officer was arrested. But in Thursday night’s illegal landing, the cargo had already been carted away when police got to the scene around eleven o’clock. A police constable, however, was found in the area with aviation fuel and the seats of the aircraft in his vehicle. Another man, believed to be a Guatemalan national, was with him.  News Five’s Duane Moody has more on the landing.

Duane Moody, Reporting

Another police officer is in trouble with the law tonight for his alleged involvement in a suspected drug plane landing in southern Belize. Police Constable Peter Graham was detained after he was caught fleeing the scene of an illegal plane landing three miles outside Barranco Village, Toledo.

Sometime between nine and ten o’clock on Thursday night, the plane landed on a farm belonging to a Mennonite businessman located about a mile off the Barranco Road. When personnel from the Anti-Narcotics Unit and the Belize Special Assignment Group responded to reports of the landing, they found the aircraft empty and drums of aviation fuel nearby. No drugs, however, have been found; and although the responding officers have since scoured the area, the cargo it appears had been offloaded and carted away. The officers also came across an SUV with PC Graham and another man inside purported to be a Guatemalan national. A drum of aviation fuel and airplane seats were discovered in their possession.

While the origin of the plane has not been established at this time, we note that Edward Vincent Martinez posted on his Facebook page on December twelfth that he was reliably informed—more so that the government—that sometime between December tenth and seventeenth, a plane carrying illegal narcotics would be leaving Venezuela en route to Belize. Coincidence or not, with the landing of this suspected drug plane three miles from Barranco Village in the Toledo District, it questions is police are looking at the possible correlation. Of note also is that Martinez had also posted pictures of a book with coordinates and details of plane landings in Belize just prior to the major bust in Tres Leguas, for which Superintendent David Chi, PC Norman Anthony and three others were charged back in September.

The Belize Police Department along with other partner agencies are conducting a vigorous investigation into this matter. Reporting for News Five, I am Duane Moody.

Channel 5


Re: Another Drug Plane Lands, On Mennonite Farm In Toledo [Re: Marty] #533959
12/25/18 06:12 AM
12/25/18 06:12 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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2 PG Police Officers Suspended for Alleged Role in Suspected Drug Plane Landing in Barranco

Two officers have been suspended pending further investigation into a suspected drug plane in southern Belize. Police Constables Peter Graham and John Ordonez are in trouble with the law tonight because of their alleged involvement in the illegal landing of a single engine aircraft in Barranco Village, Toledo District.  During today’s police press brief, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams provided official details on the plane that touched down on Plett’s Farm just about a mile off the Barranco Road. Williams says police were informed of an aircraft being tracked from Venezuela en route to Belize; the Cessna plane, with markings Centurion 210, is similar to another that was intercepted back in September near the Tres Leguas community in Orange Walk.  In the previous landing, police were able to seize one thousand, two hundred plus pounds of cocaine; two Mexicans, a civilian as well as PC Norman Anthony and Superintendent David Chi were charged. In last Friday’s case however, while several persons were detained, including three officers attached to the Punta Gorda Station; no one has been charged. PCs Graham and Ordonez will face disciplinary charges and will be placed on interdiction. Williams, as Acting Commissioner of Police, explains.

Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“Upon inspection of the plane, we found out that it had no content. A vehicle was seen not too far from the area where the plane was found and that vehicle was stopped and inside the vehicle was a police officer and a civilian. Inspection of that vehicle revealed one blue fifteen-gallon which contained fuel and a seat; the seat was observed to be of similar type and material as that of the plane. The two individuals were taken into custody and police conducted further investigation which led to the detention of two other police officers—all of whom are posted in the Toledo district—along with other civilians. They were kept in custody and interviewed; however, up to yesterday when they were released, we had not obtained sufficient evidence to levy charges on either of the detainees. Today, we suspended from duty PC Peter Graham and PC John Ordonez pending the outcome of the investigation. I have put together an investigating team comprising of major crimes, anti-narcotics unit, professional standards branch and special branch, who will be tasked to vigorously pursue the investigation. And when that investigation is over, then we will see who will be charged if any. However, the police officers who are being suspended will face disciplinary charges between now and Monday; after they have been charged disciplinarily, then they will go on interdiction.”


Was Suspected Drug Plane Picking Up or Discharging Illicit Cargo?

News Five has been reliably informed that the aircraft was not making a drop, but was in fact carrying out a pickup. As has been seen in previous suspected drug plane landings, the aircrafts are normally gutted to make space for the illicit cargo. But this case was different. As the evidence has shown thus far, PC Peter Graham and a Guatemalan national were discovered inside an SUV with aviation fuel and a plane seat.  It is suspected that they were making room for cargo that would be taken out of Belize. While he didn’t go into many details, Acting Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the officers caught up with the aircraft within minutes. He also says that corrupt officers are a concern and will be dealt with. 

Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“Having the seat of the plane, couple minutes after the landing of the plane, surely creates a nexus between the occupants of that vehicle and the plane. And so we just want to be able to investigate further and gather additional evidence that we believe will be sufficient to lay charges and subsequent conviction. And so that is what I am hoping we will get from the newly composed investigative team.  I’m not going to go into specifics as to the police operations, but we has deployed officers prior to but not at that exact location; hence the reason after we got information that the plane has landed, it took the officers a little while to get there, less than half an hour.”

Reporter

“Sir is it a concern for you that yet again police officers are being placed in proximity to illegal landings of airplanes?”

Chester Williams

“Well it is a concern. We are police and we are expected to uphold the law and police officers are not supposed to be involved in things like these. But at the end of the day, we are a huge organization and police officers we hire are from the general populace and so we will have these things now and then where police officers will be caught involved in illegal activities and it is a matter for us to ensure that we address it and we address it adequately.”

Channel 5



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