It is no secret that contraband is as rampant as it has ever been and today officials came up upon a massive operation that yielded the confiscation of more than $50,000 worth in goods. According to officials, the bust was made this afternoon 12 miles behind the Village of August Pine Ridge on the Rio Hondo.
Authorities say that with the help of residents they were alerted of an on-going operation involving the transportation of un-customed goods being transported through the Rio Hondo and San Antonio Rivers. When a team of four Customs Officers moved in to the area they observed five large dories with engines traveling across a waterway connected to the Rio Hondo.
The canoes were loaded with a huge amount of goods. We are talking about fifty sacks of onions, 40 cases of beers and other items.
When the contrabandistas were aware of the security presence, police say the four men who were transporting the items, started dumping the merchandise in the river while another two jumped overboard and made good their escape.
So far, investigations reveal that the contrabandistas access a canal that the Mennonites use for irrigation for their rice fields. The bust was so huge that in total, 8 vehicles including 2 BDF trucks, the police’s F150 pickup truck, and four customs vehicle were used to load the items and brought to Orange Walk Town. In fact we can tell you that the four custom officers had to call for assistance to deal with the situation and what started as a four man operation ended up with 40 men dealing with the situation including BDF and police. The men, police say, have established this route as theirs and have been conducting illicit commerce for quite some time. None of the men were found in the area or identified. Police say the bust has an initial estimated value of fifty thousand dollars. More on this breaking story in our subsequent newscast.
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