Headline — 30 April 2016
2 Guats found dead in drug deal gone bad

SAN IGNACIO, Cayo District, Thurs. Apr. 28, 2016–Two men were found dead this afternoon on a dirt road between the community of San Francisco, in Belize, located 15 kilometers from the border with Melchor de Mencos, Petén, and Benque Viejo del Carmen, Cayo District.

The men were Guatemalans, and one was identified as Santos Ramon Gonzalez Gomez, 59, of Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala. The other man has not yet been identified.

Reports are that Gomez had been shot in the head and body, while the other man was shot multiple times in the body.

Belize police were called to the area at about 2:00 this afternoon. Superintendent Richard Rosado, Commander of San Ignacio police, said that they are confident that the deaths were drug-related — the result of a drug deal that went wrong.

The area where the bodies were found is known to police to be frequented by drug dealers. It was in this area that they found 135 pounds of marijuana last year, and also, it is from this area that drug runners smuggle narcotics into Belize from Guatemala.

According to a report from today’s Prensa Libre, a Guatemalan newspaper, Belize Customs and Immigration reported that the men crossed into Belize from Guatemala this morning between 7:30 and 8:00, and said that they were travelling to San Ignacio.

Police said that nothing much is yet known, but they have started an investigation.

Authorities of both countries are investigating the crime.

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