By Marion V. Ali
Heroin, worth more than $10 million, was confiscated during an Anti Drug Unit (ADU) operation on Monday night in Corozal Town.
Four men have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking of 43 pounds of the highly addictive stuff.
The men, Lennon Tillett, 30, a contractor with Belize Electricity Limited, whose given addresses are 20 Ebony St, Belize City and College Road, Corozal Town; Martin Perez, 35, an administrative assistant at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, with a home address in the Escalante Subdivision in San Pedro Town; Jose Antonio Lara, 32, a fisherman/tour guide of Julio Street, San Pedro Town; and Gerardo Allen, 42, a tour guide of Back Street, Caye Caulker Village, appeared before Orange Walk Magistrate, Merlene Moody on Wednesday afternoon with their attorney, Arthur Saldivar. They were remanded to the Hattieville Prison and ordered to return to court on February 23rd.
The ADU discovered the drugs, packed in several parcels and stashed in separate bags on the back seat of a white Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked outside a nightclub at the entrance of Corozal Town around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police say Perez also had on him a loaded nine millimeter pistol, which is licensed in his name.
The Reporter has learned that investigators suspect the heroin had links to Nigeria and came on a cargo ship, somehow finding its way into Belize.
Customs officials told this newspaper that they have no record to suggest the drug ever came through its system.