By Ingrid Fernandez
In less than 24 hours, Orange Walk police and the Customs Department seized over 34 pounds of high-grade marijuana, presumably coming from Chetumal, Mexico destined for Belize City, this week.
The bust was made in two separate operations.
On Wednesday around 3:19 p.m. two officers from the Orange Walk police station conducted an operation on the Philip Goldson Highway where they intercepted a gray Cadillac Escalade SUV traveling from Corozal towards Orange Walk.
The vehicle was driven by Michael Requena, 24, a Ladyville resident. Keith Flowers, 24, also from Ladyville, was in the vehicle.
About 75 yards from where the Escalade was stopped, police intercepted another black Cadillac driven by Alrick Smith, 30, from Ladyville also. According to Inspector Nicolas Palomo, Deputy Officer In Charge of the Orange Walk Police Station, police had been monitoring Smith’s activities in the are.
Palomo said the officers suspected drug trafficking and informed the individuals that they would search the vehicle for unlicensed firearms and drugs.
One officer took control of the gray Escalade and drove it to the police station along with the three men.
The officer conducting the search noticed some cuts on the tailgate of the vehicle. There he found 11 plastic packages that contained 16.4 pounds of Oaxaca marijuana.
According to Palomo, Requena told police that he had gotten the vehicle from Smith. Police formally arrested and charged the three for ‘drug trafficking’.
Later, around 8:00 p.m., Customs officers intercepted another amount of marijuana that was apparently being smuggled out of the Corozal Free Zone.
The officers saw two men throwing two backpacks over the fence near the Las Vegas Casino. When the men saw the officers they ran away but left the bags behind.
The bags contained a little over 18 pounds of Oaxaca weed.