Screen_Shot_2013-12-20_at_7.59.18_PMAs the days to Christmas narrows down the hustle at the Northern Border increases, especially due to the Corozal Free Zone where premium liquor and Mexican beer are cheap.


While Belizeans often visit the zone, getting their purchase goods pass the Customs Checkpoint at the Northern Border is a whole other scenario. In fact, at this time of the year, it is a complicated one since Custom Officials are on high alert looking for those contraband goods.


But as they say where there is a will there is way,the only risk taken is if you get caught. And that is exactly what happened to three brothers from Corozal who were caught smuggling contraband goods out the free zone in no other than a garbage truck.


This morning Ezekiel, Edward and Carlos Hall were arraigned at the Corozal Magistrates Court where they were charge for being recklessly in control of un-customed goods and recklessly carrying un-customed goods.

They were offered bail to the sum of $20,000 each which they have not met. If found guilty all three face a fine of $86,000.


Here is how things went down.  Early on Thursday morning the garbage truck entered the zone and went about its garbage collection business, it was an hour and half later that the truck left the Corozal Free Zone and that is when someone blew the whistle to customs about the huge transportation.

Acting on excellent intelligence the Customs Officers then followed the truck that travelled about a mile and a half to the nearest dumpsite, which wasn't unusual.

The driver, upon realizing that they were being followed by Customs decided to crush the shipment with the trucks garbage compactor. The officers though, intercepted the garbage truck and halted the destruction of what appeared to be 50 cases of Mexican beer, three cases of cigarettes, 24 cases of Dutch cheese, two cases of wine, and three cases of assorted liquor.

CTV3 News understands that one of the Hall brothers has a previous offence and conviction for contraband goods.

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