MONKEY RIVER, Toledo District, Thurs. Feb. 6, 2020– On January 26, less than five days after an intact suspected drug plane was found abandoned in the remote area between Crooked Tree, Belize District, and Shipyard, Orange Walk District, another suspected drug plane was found, but this time in a remote area between Monkey River and Punta Negra, Toledo District, in the south of the country.
The plane was seen severely damaged and burnt. It is believed that it crash-landed and it was deliberately destroyed. The person or persons who were traveling in the plane were nowhere to be found, and it is not known what cargo it was carrying.
An investigation into the crash and destruction of that suspected drug plane has begun. The area was only accessible by sea and the Coast Guard, along with police, went to the location, where they found the destroyed plane.
This morning, Thursday, February 6, just about 11 days after that plane was found destroyed in the Monkey River area, another suspected drug plane was found, again, in the general area of Monkey River. By the time law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, however, the plane had already been destroyed.
A search in the area near the plane, however, led to the discovery of loaded magazines, and bullets in boxes. The bullets that were found included 7.62 Short bullets, which are used in AK47 assault rifles; and 5.56 Ball bullets, which are used in all 5.56 firearms, including AR15, M16, and M16 A1 rifles and the M16 Carbine, among many others.
During the regular police press brief held this morning at the Raccoon Street Police Station, Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero said that while nothing else is known about the matter, police are still investigating.