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Suspected drug plane lands in Belize

By Michelle Sutherland

 

The Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Police Department and Civil Aviation are currently investigating the circumstances of a suspected drug plane which was found on an abandoned feeder road in northern Belize.

 

According to police, on Monday the Anti-Narcotics Unit along with Civil Aviation officials were tipped off by Guatemalan authorities that an aircraft had made an illegal landing in Belizean territory.

 

Upon arrival at the location, authorities observed a white with burgundy and silver trim Piper PA-23-250 aircraft with tail number N6769Y. The plane is a six-seater double engine aircraft.

 

Police suspect that the aircraft was involved in transporting illicit cargo.

 

After Civil Aviation personnel inspected the aircraft, it was was flown to the Philip Goldson International Airport where the relevant authorities are conducting an investigation as to its origin.

 

Authorities did not disclose the exact location the plane was found leaving many to question why. Police, however, say the location is being withheld for “security purposes”. Unofficial reports suggest the plane may have landed somewhere in the vicinity of Carmelita village in Orange Walk.

 

Police found no cargo and did not find anyone in the area. The Reporter conducted its own search on the plane and found that it is registered to Cuna De Vida, a company registered in Delaware, USA. The company is also registered in Panama. The plane’s last recorded flight was in 2013.

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