Twenty Guatemalan civilians were found living within Belizean territory by members of the Belize Defense Force.
Over the period of 29 May, 2016 to 09 June 2016 Members of the Belize Defense Force, with the support of the Belize Police Department, Forestry Department, Ministry of Human Development and Friends for Conservation and Development conducted their quarterly operation in the areas of Valentin Camp, Retiro, Cebada and Sapote in an effort to deter illegal activity in the area.
During these operations the BDF discovered a large area used for plantation of Marijuana plants, pumpkin and coffee plants along with six families consisting of 20 persons were found to be living in the Retiro area inside Belize Territory.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of National Security destroyed 650 marijuana plants of varying height, 50 acres of pumpkin and 100 coffee plants.
Also the families found in the area were ordered to leave.
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