And the police were anticipating another round of drug hunting after
they started tracking yet another low-flying plane last night. It was
around 10:45pm when JIOC personnel were deployed, and they stayed on
the track until 3:30am when the plane went into Guatemalan airspace.
It's a tough task for the officers especially since they're tracking
mostly on sight and sound without key radar or air assets. Today we
spoke to ACP Grinage about last night's operation, and the possibility
of getting a new aircraft radar in the next year. Courtney Menzies has
While the police were making plans for an early morning drug destruction of
the cocaine found in the Hidden Valley area, some officers were up all
night tracking another plane flying low over Belize. ACP Alford Grinage
filled us in with preliminary details.
ACP Alford Grinage - Operations Commander
"As usual, sleepless night trying to deal with these narco trafficking.
Yes, we were following a track that was declared and the plane did pass
over Belize as usual, and it went into Guatemala. We are still waiting
for further details from our counterparts to see if it had been
apprehended or whatsoever became of it."
Courtney Menzies "Is there any truth that it was flying or circling over Belmopan?"
ACP Alford Grinage "Yes it did."
"Sir people seem to think this might be a message that the narcos are
sending to Belize."
ACP Alford Grinage
"Well it's a message that we're prepared for and if they land we'll be
able to detect and do what we have to do to get the drugs from them."
And while these officers say they're prepared for what will come, they're
lacking the necessary equipment to fight in the war against drugs. But the
Prime Minister has promised a radar to better track the planes and ACP
Grinage said it will be a game changer
Hon. John Briceno - Prime Minister
"The Americans are prepared to provide a radar that will have a long
reach, it will cover all of our exclusive economic zone and go far into
other countries around us so from far we will be able to track other
planes that are coming and predict the place they are most likely to
land. I feel that by the middle of next year we're supposed to be able
to get the radar but we're waiting on the US, the US I guess have seen
how serious we are on trying to stop this."
ACP Alford Grinage
"It will assist us greatly because during the time I was the director
JIOC, we had a ground based radar and I could tell you that the
tracking was easier for us during that time because we more have an
accurate location of where the plane might go whereas persons now, it's
different, I don't want to go into much detail because we'll be
disclosing our weakness and other things but if we do get the radar it
will help us tremendously."