Crime Headline — 22 August 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
Police seize crystal meth worth BZ$4 million

ORANGE WALK TOWN—The Anti-Drug Unit (ADU) have taken a bite out of the crystal meth trade in Belize after they intercepted approximately $4 million worth of the drug during an anti-drug operation in Orange Walk Town last night.

As a result, two men were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. They will be taken to the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court tomorrow to be arraigned on the charges.

ADU officers say that at about 7:20 last night, they intercepted a black Toyota Camry car with license plates OW-C-00623, which was seen swaying across the street.

Upon seeing the police, the driver of the car sped off, heading onto the Philip Goldson Highway in the direction of Liberty Avenue, where it was stopped.

On Liberty Avenue, both occupants of the car got out and tried to run away. Police, however, quickly chased and captured both of them.

The driver was identified as a 49-year-old resident of Sittee River Street, Orange Walk Town, and his passenger was identified as a 52-year-old Cuban of Boca Del Rio, San Pedro Town.

The two men were taken to the car where, in their presence, a search of the car was conducted, and in the trunk, police found a red “cooler box” with 18 parcels of suspected meth and a soap powder box with 12 parcels of suspected meth.

The two men and the drugs and vehicle were taken to the Orange Walk Police Station, where the drugs, believed to be crystal meth, were weighed, adding up to a total of 55.7 kilograms. The two men were booked and charged with drug trafficking.

The drug was later confirmed to be crystal meth, which altogether has an estimated street value of over two million US dollars.

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