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A Belizean and a Cuban National were arrested last night in Orange Walk Town after members of the Anti-Drug Unit intercepted their vehicle on Liberty Avenue and made a major seize of drugs from off the streets. The commotion on the very busy Liberty Avenue shortly after seven had residents duck for cover since several shots were fired, but contrary to reports of the shots fired at the men, police say they were warning shots made in the air. Still, the Anti-Drug Unit’s quick response yielded a major find and its perpetrators behind bars. Reporter Maria Novelo has full details of the incident in the following report.

Screen_Shot_2014-08-21_at_7.43.31_PMMaria Novelo – Reporting

Shortly after 7:00pm last night, residents of Liberty Avenue in the Louisiana Area of Orange Walk Town, say they heard around 5 shots being fired in the area and after making checks, they saw police restraining an individual and other person fleeing behind a house where authorities apprehended him. The two men were traveling in this Black Toyota Corolla on Aurora Street. Assistant Commissioner of police and Regional Commander, Joseph Myvette, says members of the Anti-Drug Unit were on patrol and noticed the driver of the vehicle acting suspiciously and when they made their presence known, a high chase commenced.

Joseph Myvette – Northern Zone Chief/Asst. Commissioner of Police

“Members of the police were on patrol on Aurora Street, when a black Toyota Corolla car was seeing swirling from side to side the police then attempted to stop the vehicle by pulling alongside however the driver failed to stop and the vehicle was later caught up on Liberty Avenue where upon conducting searches the police found in an ice box a cartoon box what appears to be 30 parcels of suspected Crystal Meth when weight amounting to 54.7 Kilograms.”

The seizure, a little over 120 pounds of the illegal substance, is the biggest bust of crystal meth in the history of Belize. It leaves the impression that there may very well be an underworld manufacturing the highly addictive stimulant. Myvette says samples have been taken to the National Forensics Lab to be tested and are awaiting the results of that test. But what are the implications of this drug reaching our streets?

Maria Novelo - Reporter

“How could it pass the port of entry without being detected, I mean this is a lot of drugs?”

Joseph Myvette – Northern Zone Chief/Asst. Commissioner of Police

“For one of the suspects there are multiple addresses one being America Street in Belmopan whilst there is another address in Boca del Rio area in San Pedro.”

Maria Novelo - Reporter

“Would you guys suspect that this has been happening a good while ago?”

Joseph Myvette – Northern Zone Chief/Asst. Commissioner of Police

“At this point in time I would not be able to say that but we are in the process of conducting interview with these persons that were detained.”

Maria Novelo - Reporter

“The incident leads police to believe that there is an underground Meth lab?”

Joseph Myvette – Northern Zone Chief/Asst. Commissioner of Police

“No, at this point in time we will be able to say that, what we have done though is that members of the anti-drug unit are involved in this investigation.”

The men, 49 year old Ruperto Reyes of Orange Walk Town and Cuban National of San Pedro Town, 52 year old Pascual Pineda, are yet to be charged. It is of note that Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have long-lasting effects on the body. Crystal meth is methamphetamine in the form of a rock-like crystal that users heat and then smoke, although it can also be snorted or injected. Unlike most other drugs, many users report that they became addicted after trying crystal meth just once. The drugs are valued at 2 million US dollars.

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