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This afternoon a civilian who was walking on the beach two miles north of Boca Del Rio in San Pedro Town discovered a crocus sack containing 20 packages of suspected cocaine.

When weighed, the bag contained 19 parcels with 1,200 grams and another package contained an additional 1,050 grams. The combined weight was 23,850 grams. No one was found in the immediate area and the drugs were labeled and deposited as found property.

Police reported that just after 11:45 a.m. on March 17th they got a call concerning a suspicious package on the beach. Police and GSU personnel proceeded to the location where they observed a white in color bag on the beach. A search inside the bag revealed the packages.

One of the packages was opened and had what appeared to be a hard packed powdery substance suspected to be cocaine.

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Cops Found 50 Pounds of Cocaine Lying on the Beach

Turning to news out of San Pedro Town, police made a major cocaine bust. 

They found 52 pounds of cocaine just lying on the beach on Northern Ambergris Caye - an area famous for its wet drops and cocaine-related killings. 

Yesterday afternoon, San Pedro Police and officers of the Gang Suppression Unit went to an area 2 miles north of Boca Del Rio Park, where they found a white crocus sack on the beach with 24 packages inside. Those packages, seen here, were opened, and the officers found they suspect to be cocaine.

Police Commissioner Chester Williams discussed the discovery with the media at press briefing today, and he told us that samples have been sent for testing to confirm it the substance is cocaine:

Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police
"Yesterday, sometime in the afternoon, police were called to some area in Northern Ambergris Caye, where searches were conducted, and the search yielded 20 parcels of what we suspected to be cocaine. The parcels were taken to the San Pedro Town Police station, where samples taken from each of them. Those samples were sent to the lab today for testing to verify if in fact the contents of those parcels are indeed cocaine. The officer commanding San Pedro was also tasked to ensure that the 20 parcels were brought into Belize City. So, we currently have them in Belize City now, and once the testing is done, and we receive the confirmation, then we're going to move to destruction. We do not want to keep them in our custody for too long. At the end of the day, I know that the public have been very sceptical of the police, but I can assure the Belizean people that whatever was turned in, and what we reported, is exactly what we found. And we are ensuring that we do everything that needs to be done, to prevent any tampering of those suspected cocaine. After the drugs was weighed, it weighed just around 21 kilograms. So, it's a very good find. I commend the officers who were involved, which includes officers from the Gang Suppression Unit, and the San Pedro detachment for the good work that they did, which resulted in the removal of these drugs off the street. We maintain operational presence in San Pedro. We know that we have received information of some wet drop, and once those drugs reaches the hands of criminals or even persons who may not want to be criminals, it can have deadly consequences."

"Do you believe that this is part of a larger drop?"

Chester Williams
"Well, we have to look at it that way. I don't think that anybody will we just drop 20 kilos of cocaine somewhere. More than likely, yes, it's a part of a larger wet drop, and hence the reason why I've said that we maintain our operational presence there."

"It's well known that Northern Ambergris Caye is a location where what are known as "Playadores" operate. Are you satisfied that your officers beat these persons to this particular cargo?"

Chester Williams
"Well, we do believe that someone had found it, and they had stashed it. And we found their stash. Yes, whenever you hear of wet drops, you would normally see that Northern San Pedro becomes very active with gang members and drug dealers walking the beach, looking to see if they'll be able to find any. So, we'll continue our efforts in those areas to see how we can minimize the occurrence of these activities."

Police intend to destroy these packages once tests are done.  If it is cocaine, the estimated street value of each of these packages is $25,000 dollars - putting the value of the catch at half a million Belize dollars.

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Police on high alert after finding 23 kilos of cocaine north of San Pedro Town

Following a significant drug discovery two miles north of San Pedro Town on Sunday, March 17th, the island's police department, along with additional personnel from the mainland are on high alert as it is suspected that the drugs are part of a larger illegal operation. The discovery was made on the beach, where police found a crocus sack containing 20 sealed packages of suspected cocaine.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, the area where the drugs were found is a hot spot for what is known as 'wet drops,' and a favorite area for 'playadores' persons who roam these isolated beaches in search of drugs washing ashore. He said that patrols had been increased to locate other packages of drugs that may end up in the area as a result of a suspected larger wet drop. Increased police presence is also expected to discourage potential gang leaders and playadores from wandering in the area.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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