International — 11 October 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego
Joint operation impacts the Belize drug trade

Belize law enforcement officials, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Military Liaison Office in Belmopan and Joint Task Force-Bravo, conducted a successful marijuana eradication operation in Belize from September 25 to the 28.

The operation resulted in the task force destroying 22 marijuana fields across the country and about 37,970 mature marijuana plants with an initial estimated value of $13 million U.S dollars. In addition, the team also found and destroyed four pounds of marijuana seeds.

Joint Task Force-Bravo provided aviation support, on-call casualty evacuation and tactical assault on objective insertion and extraction training for 38 Belizean military and law enforcement personnel who participated in the operation.

The training involved the use of a caving ladder which is lowered from the helicopter in order to insert the ground forces into an otherwise inaccessible area.

The Belize part of the mission consisted of the Belize Coast Guard SEALS, Belize Defence Force, and the Anti-Drug Unit.

Also, in a joint BDF-police operation conducted in January last year, major marijuana eradication operations were conducted in northern and southern Belize. The operation destroyed 35,707 mature plants, about a ton of compressed marijuana, and 30 pounds of marijuana seeds were also burnt. The ganja plantations were destroyed by uprooting the plants and burning them

The fields were in Blue Creek, Honey Camp, Chiwa Camp and Little Belize in the north. In the south, the drugs were concentrated behind San Pedro, Colombia. There were a total of 24 plantations.

But weed wasn’t the only thing found. Two shotguns were also confiscated – no arrests were made at any of the plantations.

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