Screen_Shot_2015-08-07_at_8.09.04_PMYesterday afternoon, Police officers made a mysterious finding in the San Felipe/Blue Creek area of the Orange Walk District. According to authorities, around midday while conducting anti-drug operations in Orange Walk Town, the Anti- Narcotics Unit received information of an aircraft circling San Felipe/ Blue creek area. As a result, the team proceeded to the area where about 3:00p.m they found a grey helicopter with dark tinted windows with registration numbers N607AZ on a feeder road in the Blue creek area.  The aircraft was secured and a thorough search was conducted in the area. However, no one or anything else was found. Commander of the BDF, Brigadier General David Jones told the media today that they were called in to remove the helicopter


BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID JONES – BDF Commander


"I won't be at liberty to give you much information on that Bell helicopter. That was a police operation. After the aircraft was probably captured I believe in the Blue Creek area, our Belize Defence Force pilots were requested to fly the helicopter into to our area."


Reporter


"When did it happen?"


BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID JONES – BDF Commander


"That happened on Wednesday sometime about 3pm in the afternoon and then I was called later on and requested if our pilots can fly it. It's a Bell 407 helicopter and our pilots were able to fly it, so they went to Blue Creek and the aircraft is now sitting at our air wing."


Reporter


"Where did this helicopter originate?"


BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID JONES – BDF Commander


"We are not clear on that. We've tried to find information in regards on the tail number that's on it. We've check with our partners in Mexico. We've also check with our partners all the way in Colombia and they cannot ascertain who really owns that helicopter. What they informed us on it is that the tail numbers on it may be misleading as to who owns it. So, it's not ascertained at the moment who owns the helicopter. The fact is that we have the helicopter now in custody and its over at our air wing."


Reporter


"Can you talk to us about the technical aspects of the helicopter? What is it capable of doing and how does it help the BDF?"


BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID JONES – BDF Commander


"It's a Bell 407 helicopter. It's the same helicopter that our pilots are trained to fly. So they can competent fly it. It can carry about 4-5 passengers in it. I can't say yes, it's going to be for the government of Belize yes, because it's an ongoing investigation. Someone may come to claim it. It's unlikely, but if there is a possibility, someone may come and claim it."


Reporter


"Do you think it was used for an illegal activity?"


BRIGADIER GENERAL DAVID JONES – BDF Commander


"That's the string belief that we have at the moment. The fact that it had a fuel pump apart from the tank that holds the fuel. There was a pump inside the helicopter itself that when the main tank runs out, there were extra fuel inside the main cabin to pump fuel back into the tank. Based on that we suspect we cannot say for sure it was used for illegal activities."

 

Reporter


“And it was completely abandoned?”

 

Brig. General David Jones


“From what I understand…I did not get the information from the police, who was near it or if it was abandoned, but they will have to be the one to answer that question. Looking at that helicopter, it didn’t have anything luxury in it. The way it looked as if though it was going to be used for a long distance patrol because the portion where you have the seats, those were replaced by fuel containers. So it is packed with fuel containers so that when it reaches a certain journey, they can just refuel while in the air or they can go on the ground and refuel again.”

 

Inside the aircraft, officers found several blue plastic containers with fuel adopted to increase the distance of travel for the helicopter. Due to the close proximity with the Belize/ Mexico border it is believed that the pilot and/or passengers may have fled into Mexico. Despite the mysterious circumstances of the find, many in the public domain are concerned about the possibility that Mexico’s biggest Drug Lord, El Chapo may be in country. And while that information has not been confirmed by the authorities, officials tell us they are not taking any chances and beefing up security along all border points.

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