Police from Corozal and Orange Walk are certainly patting themselves on the back for a major drug bust of 328 pounds of marijuana.
7News understands that the Mobile Interdiction Team's Units from Orange Walk and Corozal were acting on intelligence yesterday when they visited a farm at the entrance of Consejo Shores, Corozal. The cops searched the property and found 121 bundles of weed, which were stuffed in large plastic bags and 2 large drums.
That's just over 148 kilos of weed, which is believed to have been smuggled across the water from Mexico. This bust has a huge street value, because Mexican weed which is considered high grade usually sells for $1,100 per pound - bringing the value of this bust to $360,800 dollars.
Here's the police commissioner's briefing on this discovery:
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police
"Yesterday, the police went and searched an area in the Corozal District. The search of that area revealed the discovery of several parcels of cannabis. The cannabis was taken to the Corozal Police Station where it was weighed and I think it came up to three hundred and seventeen pounds. One person was found in the area and that person is currently in custody and will be charged sometime today for drug trafficking."
"Do you know where the drugs originated from?"
"We believe the drugs are from Mexico side."
Today, the farm's caretaker, 52 year old Salvadorean Abelardo Orellana appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking. He was denied bail and remanded to the Hattieville prison.