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September 13
19:07 2018
REPORTER: News Staff, -

Just before midday today, Orange Walk’s top cop, Superintendent David Chi, a veteran with over three decades on the force, was taken to Magistrate’s Court and charged, along with Police Constable Norman Anthony, another veteran cop, with Conspiracy to Land a Plane on an Unauthorized Aerodrome and Abetment to Import Cocaine into Belize.

Via press release on Tuesday evening, the Police Department announced that it had placed Chi, Officer Commanding Orange Walk for three years, on five days administrative leave effective immediately, pending investigation into his involvement in the landing of the drug plane. According to his attorney, Dickie Bradley, Chi was asked to report to the Queen Street Police Station for questioning on Wednesday and was detained there until his arraignment this morning.

Norman Anthony, the Policeman stationed at Blue Creek who was detained near the scene of the landing on Sunday night and released on Tuesday night, was also detained on Wednesday, held overnight and charged along with Chi.

Belizean Peter Friesen, found on the scene of the landing, was charged for Conspiracy to Land a Plane on an Unauthorized Aerodrome and Abetment to Import Cocaine into Belize while the two Mexicans also found at the scene, Ali Figueroa Nunez and Azarias Manzano were charged with Abetment to Import Cocaine into Belize and Drug Trafficking of 556.2KG of Cocaine.

All five men were remanded to the Belize Central Prison. No applications for bail were heard because of the quantum of cocaine under the Crimes Control Act.

According to attorney Dickie Bradley, he will be making an immediate special application for bail for his clients, Chi and Friesen, at the Supreme Court. He would have done so tomorrow, Bradley explained, but the Justices will be out, so he will do so on Monday.

Today, when asked about the evidence against Chi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams would only say that while only the Court can determine if the evidence is enough to convict, he is confident that they have sufficient to bring charges.

The men were charged in connection with a single-engine Cessna aircraft which landed in the Tres Leguas Area of Blue Creek in the Orange Walk District on Sunday night at 9:15pm. Police say that they found twenty-five bales of cocaine in the plane and one bale outside, for a total of 556.2kg. or 1223 pounds. The Police have estimated the street value at close to $15M.

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