ComPol Gives Details of Monkey River Drug Plane
Overnight on Wednesday, a suspected drug plane landed in the Monkey River area. An operation team, headed by the Joint Intelligence Operating Centre, had been alerted of the aircraft en route from South America to this area and officers were deployed to prevent and possibly intercept its landing in Belize. Authorities, however, arrived on the scene to discover the charred remains of a twin-engine aircraft—there were no persons in site and the cargo was missing; what was left behind was a red bag containing a cache of high powered cartridges and ammunition, including eleven magazines, nine of which were loaded with point two-three-three ammunition; the other two were empty. They also observed several gallons along the edge of the airstrip. When News Five caught up with Commissioner of Police Chester Williams today, he says that the plane landed in proximity to a clandestine strip that had been destroyed by law enforcement authorities a while back to prevent illegal landings.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police“The track went into the Blue Creek area and we believe that it was going to land there. Now the officers in that area were prepared in the event that it had landed, but it went close by and it shift and went down south. Now, the area south where it eventually landed in the Monkey River area, we know that there was an airstrip there and we had destroyed the airstrip so we had not anticipated that it would go there considering the fact that the airstrip was dug out so that plane could not land there. But it so happened that the plane still land right beside the airstrip in just an open place which is not even an airstrip. I would like to think that that takes great piloting skills because he actually land the plane in an open field which is not level and there is no runway. And so upon receiving information of the landing in the Monkey River area, the JIOC then directed resources to the area and the road entrance was blocked off, but again the area was thirty feet away from the sea. So it would seem as if the drugs was moved through the sea and even though Coast Guard was deployed, you would know that the sea is a very huge area and to have one boat searching that area is like having a needle in a hay stock and so it yield nothing. Every time we get information of these planes coming, it is an all night operation for our officers; we don’t sleep. We have to be monitoring and even worse, we have to deploy officers into some very dangerous areas to deal with dangerous people. And for the most part, sometimes our officers aren’t properly equipped. And so we also need to be very careful so as not to send our officers on a suicide mission. I guess you all have seen the type of ammunitions that we are finding at these different types landing areas and so it shows that these people when they come, they are heavily armed.”Channel 5