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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018
A Jet Hawker, allegedly loaded with two tons of drugs, was secured by elements of the Federal Police and the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), at the International Airport of Chetumal.
According to the data collected, the aircraft NN886N, white with blue stripes, landed at 3:30 am on Friday, without authorization from the Air Control Center, or flight log, which alerted the authorities.
From that hour, the federal agents arrived at the site and put the aircraft under guard, pending the order of review. There were no reported detainees.
In the afternoon, with the order so that experts could inspect the unit and extract all the evidence from the interior; mainly fingerprints, as well as securing the drug that it was transporting as evidence to initiate the procedure for facts that are probably constitutive of crime.
For this act, an operation was mounted that lasted for several, in which elements of the Mexican Army also participated to cordon off the unit and safeguard the security of the air terminal, which also included elements of the Mexican Army to cordon off the unit and safeguard the security From the air terminal Unofficial data revealed that the aircraft was transporting approximately two tons of drugs, allegedly bound for the neighboring country of Belize, on a runway between San Esteban and Progreso. However, they could not go down because the Belizeans were waiting for them in the place, after aborting the mission, the little fuel forced them to go down in Chetumal. The crew left the jet and jumped the perimeter fence of the terminal, on the side of the federal highway Chetumal-Cancun.
On his occasion, Miguel Ángel Huerta Ceballos, Brigadier General of the General Staff Diploma informed that this year four aircraft have landed in the country of Belize, apparently transporting drugs, according to the latest reports made by the Ministry of National Defense ( Sedena) in Quintana Roo. "Quintana Roo is a tourist area and tourism is the one that demands that type of substances (drugs), so what the people who dedicate themselves to this activity do is get as close as possible to the market," said the general.
It transported approximately two tons of drugs, supposedly, to the neighboring country.
The case of Belize
In Belizean media it was reported that about 40 minutes before this illegal landing at the Chetumal airport, a plane was sighted in the vicinity of the districts of Orange Walk and Corozal, very close to the border with Mexico.
Around 2:00 in the morning Belizean time, which is 3:00 in the morning at the Quintana Roo hour, the police of Orange Walk and Corozal obtained information that a plane would land near the road that connects the Villa de San Estevan, district of Orange Walk with Villa Progresso, in Corozal.
When the police arrived at the scene they found a clandestine airstrip, which was prepared with lights that the drug traffickers placed on the road, with approximately 1.7 meters of separation, which were used to show the pilot the place of the descent.
Along with the report of this unauthorized landing, authorities in Belize learned of the sighting of two suspicious trucks that were in the area, so they went to check and reached one of the vehicles about to cross the Pueblo Viejo ferry , in the area of Progresso, an area that is known for its multiple sightings and landings of suspicious airplanes.
It was announced that the occupants of the truck opened fire on the police, although no one was injured. The men forced the ferry worker to cross them, but when they got to the other side, they lost control of the heavy unit and crashed into a tree.
After the accident, a second van arrived at the scene and picked up the men from the first vehicle and fled, without the Belizean authorities being able to reach them.
It is presumed that the people on the ground coordinating the landing noticed the presence of the police and immediately alerted the pilot, who aborted the mission and fled towards Chetumal, where he had to make an emergency landing at the capital's airport.
In other media this operation is also reported and the landing is frustrated in the same area, but there is no talk about the armed confrontation of the police against the alleged drug traffickers, but only the release of a suspicious truck is reported.
According to the information referred to, the Belize police already works with the Mexican authorities in the case.
A similar event occurred last April in the same area, where a jet allegedly used for drug trafficking was found, which was found on the Progresso and San Estevan communities road in Belize.
On that occasion it was a British Aerospace 125 model jet, commonly known as Hawker Siddeley 125, described as a medium-sized business aircraft, which is similar in size and capacity to the Beechcraft model Hawker brand anchored in Chetumal last Friday .
On that occasion, although the device was linked to drug trafficking operations, the passengers were not known and no drug was found inside.
But the aircraft had been prepared for the transfer of the drug, the seats for the passengers were removed and everything indicated that it was used to transport some illegal cargo.
The plane's wings were scorched, so it is presumed that its crew tried to burn it down, although they were not successful before the arrival of Belizean soldiers and police.
More than a ton of cocaine was secured by Belizean authorities, intercepting a twin-engine plane that landed clandestinely on the border of this country, action that led to even a shooting.
Police authorities in Belize surprised alleged narco-traffickers when they landed in a plane clandestinely in a jungle area in the Blue Creek district.
After an exchange of gunfire, the police officers were able to arrest three people, two alleged Mexican drug traffickers and a Belize police officer. The pilot managed to escape.
The aircraft brought more than one ton of cocaine, apparently from Colombia.
So far this year, the number of abandoned or crashed planes found on the border between Quintana Roo and Belize has increased, indicating an increase in the activity of this drug transfer route.
History the Zetas and the narco-planes
The half ton of cocaine, as well as a millionaire quantity still not quantified, that transported the plane that crashed and burned between the limits of Campeche and Quintana Roo, was of the Cartel of the Zetas, that at least Four years ago they settled in Belize, taking advantage of their geographical position.
The above was entrusted to Sol Quintana Roo, by authorities of the Special Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime Investigations (SEIDO), who revealed that there are indications that since 2014, this criminal group arrived in Belizean territory.
The dispute between Los Zetas and Los Maras, which turned Belize into a loot for drug traffickers, is due to the natural border it makes with Mexico through the Hondo River, near the mill located in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco, in Quintana Roo.
It is not the first time, said research experts, that the presence of small planes and the presence of this criminal group is observed in this area, only this year have detected dozens of them, several of which crashed, like the latter, and others had to be abandoned along with drug shipments; in each case they transported not less than half a ton of cocaine or up to 700 kilos.
Because of the wildness of the land, the sources added, it has been difficult to make arrests because to reach the site of the incident they have to cross very hilly terrain, such as gaps, landscapes, mountains and jungle, so when arriving at the site, the alleged narcotics traffickers They already fled.
Between 500 and 700 kilos of drugs (cocaine), as well as a millionaire amount in dollars and Mexican pesos, he transported the plane that tried to land wrongly in a place, assuming that it was the narcopist enabled for his arrival.
According to the evidence gathered at the scene of the events, in the border area between Campeche and Quintana Roo, the Cessna-type plane, Centurión II, manufactured by the company CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY based in WICHITA, KANSAS, with Type Certificate 3A21, with Process Certificate, model: T210N and with serial number 21063765, it did not collapse or was incinerated, otherwise the pilots would not have been found in the scene, but it crashed at a point where the pilots assumed that there was a track, when in reality it is an uneven and inaccessible terrain.
This caused it to crash and burn between the trees, trees and shrubs, causing fatal injuries and the death of the three people who manned it.
They transported Cocaine
Traces of drugs (cocaine) were discovered, as were half-dollar bills (dollars and pesos), which leads the investigators to assume that the narcotics charges and the money as a whole were transferred elsewhere.
To reach the site of the incident, the police personnel, supported by the military of the XXXIV Military Zone, had to travel dozens of kilometers through gaps and jungle, until they reached the place where they found the remains of the device they tried to hide in the bushes. .
The place is considered an area dominated by organized crime, so it is estimated that drug traffickers, from the same group or from opposing sides, went to the site of the accident and took charge of the transfer of drugs, money and bodies of the pilots who finally appeared in the vicinity of the town of Nuevo Bécar, in the limits of the municipality of Othon P. Blanco, Quintana Roo, several kilometers from where the accident occurred.
The hypothesis of the reason why the bodies were moved, according to researchers, could be that it was to deflect the investigations and try to separate one fact from another, but the objects located in the disaster area are binding between the two facts.
According to the binnacle of the device and notes in a notebook that was half burned, the crew was three people, native of Sinaloa, who came from Venezuela and the traces discovered in the place, indicate that it was a strong shipment of drugs and money product of the transfer of the same.
The 3 men, ostensibly tortured and executed, really perished when the small plane that they manned when trying to land in what they thought, was a narco-track.
According to the results of the necropsy, practiced to the bodies of Eleazar Lazcano Vega, Humberto Mariscal Quintero and Eduardo López Flores, whose death was instantaneous, the legs broken, the outbreak of viscera generalized and the burns that they showed in an 80 percent of corporal surface, they obeyed to the tremendous impact when crashing and igniting the ship that was half burned.
The coordinates where the ship should have landed, a point two kilometers away where the bodies were located, indicates that the plane was coming from Venezuela to Belize, but at nightfall the pilots lost the real location and rushed two kilometers before the designated airstrip.
Also, numerous notes in quetzales and Mexican pesos were discovered in the ship, which suggests that the authorities were dealing with large amounts of money.
One detail that caught the attention of the investigators was the fact that none of the three pilots carried valuables with them, even if they could have been burned, which reveals that in the place of the accident they could have Given acts of rapine, accustomed to this type of accident and to avert suspicion, the bodies were taken to a different place.
While a thorough inspection is carried out, both at the site where the plane was found and at the point where the bodies were located, discovered by one of the residents, in order to establish whether there was the presence of narcotics, since the pilots were originally from the state of Sinaloa and came from Venezuela when the incident was recorded.
In the current year, multiple narco-vehicles have been detected in the Mexico-Belize border, which in many cases land in order to later be burned.
On September 10, a twin-engine plane that landed clandestinely on the border of this country with Mexico was intercepted.
Authorities reported that in this incident there was a shootout that culminated in three detainees; in addition, about 486 packets of cocaine, with a combined weight of 555 kilograms, were insured by Belizean authorities.
The cocaine and the detainees were transported to the city of Belize. It should be noted that of the three detainees, two were Mexicans.
* Also, on August 17 of this year, a Cessna 404 calmed plane without crew was found in the border area.
Police in Belize confirmed that the discovery occurred at an airstrip located in the Blue Creek area, belonging to the Orange Walk district in Belize, located five kilometers from the La Unión community in Quintana Roo.
On April 25, Belizean authorities located a small plane on a dirt road that leads to San Esteban, in Orange Walk, in the north of the country, near the border.
A jet of charter type landed during the dawn, but after that presumably it lowered to leave drugs, a flaw caused that they did not rise again.
The events occurred between three and five o'clock in the morning, when the charter jet, white with green stripes and 010LD license plate, landed on the San Esteban highway as if going to Progreso, Belize; presumably because the crew would drop several packages of drugs, but decided to leave the aircraft, as it could not rise again.
On March 16, a plane collapsed on the Belizean side. It transpired that it was a Cessna-type aircraft with license plate YV3224, around 1:30 in the morning, when it flew over the area and suffered a malfunction that caused it to fall into the undergrowth.
Also, a person was insured by the Belizean authorities, while two trucks were secured in the place that carried turbosina and gasavión in quantities of just over 1000 liters.
Recently, on the morning of October 25, another plane was found set on fire in northern Belize in the town of Progreso, Corozal District.
Inhabitants of the site indicated that they had heard the aircraft fly over the site during the early hours of the morning.
Authorities investigate if there was drug in the plane or downloaded it and later set it on fire.
Belize, Bastion of Narco
Belize is a small country, English-speaking, bordering Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast, south of Quintana Roo and while tourism is a paradise, with rainforest, mangroves, reefs and hotels luxury along the Caribbean keys (a chain of 450 small coral islands), for the gang of drugs represents one of the main corridors and drug store.
During the past year and in the nine months that have gone by, dozens of planes have been detected, five of which crashed and two were abandoned along with drug shipments; in each case they transported no less than 300 kilos of cocaine and sometimes up to half a ton.
In that same period, only three people could be detained, since in most cases the police arrived long after the accident, when the occupants had fled leaving the devices abandoned, in some cases even with the drug, mainly because several of the planes were burned.
The ease with which they operate and passivity, complacency or complicity
of the authorities responsible for combating drug trafficking, has caused criminal groups to diversify their activities not only in the transfer of cocaine, but also in the trafficking of arms and migrants, with the consequent wave of violence and insecurity that has worsened the same in Belize as in Guatemala and Mexico.
In theory, the presence of multiple furtive planes caused the authorities of the three nations to be alerted, but in practice the situation is the same, since only the existence of the aircraft is checked when an accident occurs when the ship crashes or well because it has to be abandoned by some fault.
The attractiveness of the geographical location, coupled with the indolence of the authorities of the countries involved to attack the phenomenon of drug trafficking, has caused two drug cartels to settle in the region and fight blood and fire control of the area ; it is the Los Zetas Cartel, of Mexican origin, and Los Maras Salvatrucha, with a strong presence in Guatemala, Salvador and Honduras, which turned Belize into a booty for drug traffickers.
The government of the United States elaborated a list of countries that they consider to be drug trafficking territory, either because they are drug producers or because they are places of transit because of their geographical location and, therefore, attractive for the transfer, although in their list He forgot to include that today, the largest drug consumer market, is precisely that giant of North America.
This role includes Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru as producers, while Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Mexico, as transit points, although in recent years our country is also considered by the American Union, as a producer as an introducer of the drug.
As far as Belize is concerned, the theme of the planes is more than evident to confirm the existence of drug trafficking, despite the refusal of the Belizean, Mexican and Guatemalan governments. Just on August 17, a small plane rushed to the border between Mexico and Belize, in the vicinity of the community La Union, in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. The ship was totally calcined.
There were no deaths or injuries and investigations revealed that there were indications of a drug that was possibly consumed by the fire.
On March 16, elements of the Navy, the Army and the Federal Police besieged the banks of the Hondo River, after the fall of a small plane from the Belizean side. The ship intended to land on the boundaries of the communities of Sabidos and Allende, on the so-called "white road", when it collapsed. In the vicinity where the device fell, a person was arrested and two armored trucks were secured, which carried thousands of liters of turbosina and gasavión. At the end of that same month, another burned plane was heard from the Belizean side, also used for the transfer of drugs.
It has become common to observe small planes that fly over the area through the communities of Ramonal, Sabidos and San Francisco Botes, while in the cane fields they are seen in the communities of Álvaro Obregón and Allende, in Quintana Roo and in the same way it is common that from the authorities of the three governments do nothing to avoid that situation.
They fly at night, low, to avoid the radars, and although they can not be seen because they walk with the lights off, the engine can be heard and its presence is evident; At the beginning the locals thought that the constant presence of the ships was to fumigate the sugarcane but that kind of work has not been seen and the increase in drug trafficking has been seen.
In the community of Ramonal, known for the illegal traffic of merchandise through the Hondo River, on weekends, small planes have been seen flying almost at water level, while dropping packets of drugs that are quickly picked up by passengers. boats with outboard motor that take them towards Belize, by a connection of water that connects the Hondo River with the village of Pachacán in Belize.
An abandoned small plane was recently located on a dirt road that leads to San Esteban, on Orange Walk, in Belize, near the Mexican border; it is presumed that it was used for the transport of narcotics.
But not only light aircraft have been seen, but large ships, such as a charter jet, white with green stripes, license plate 010LD, which after landing on the San Esteban road, heading to Progreso, Belize, where presumably unload drugs, It could not take off due to a fault, so the crew chose to abandon the device with everything and cargo.
In that area of Belize that makes a natural border with Mexico, by the Hondo River, near the mill located in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco, on several occasions drug shipments have been discovered that for some reason had to leave their owners.
One of the most recent cases was the one that occurred a few months ago, when a twin-engine plane landed in emergency on the Belize side of Blue Creek county.
The Belizean authorities, who had already been alerted by the Mexicans of the presence of the ship, went to the place and were greeted by guns by the crew. The police responded to the attack and managed to subdue and detain three subjects.
Inside the device, 486 packages with cocaine were found, which in total weighed 555 kilograms. Of the three detainees, one Colombian era and the other two Mexicans.
With that aircraft, it is the fourth that has been found so far this year in Belizean territory, where it is presumed that heavy shipments of cocaine arrive from Panama and Colombia.
A report by Washington's Inter-American Dialogue points out that by sharing the border between Belize and Mexico and Guatemala, it has become a territory of organized crime, but not now but for 30 years in which the phenomenon of drug trafficking has intensified. in that small Central American nation, which became one of the important points for cocaine trafficking, coming from South America to the American Union.
The same study by Inter-American Dialogue, states that the largest operations of the cartels are in the jungles of Petén and Los Cayos where the same is trafficked with drugs that people, weapons, wood and exotic animals.
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That's an American registered aircraft.For future reference people just remember the letter 'N' as all American registered aircraft start with that letter.Mexican 1's start with X and I think there is another 1 used like Y.It isn't any problem landing without the landing light on at night(I can attest as a pilot to 2 electrical failures at night) as you can't see the ground anyway til you are pretty much close to it like 20-30 ft.The problem lies in having runway lights being necessary to land as that's how pilots judge their distance and speed and especially rate of descent at night and the spacing of the runway lights needs to be even to judge it correctly.I'm wondering why all these expensive jets are abandoned when fuel is brought to them?The only reason I can see is they can't take off again because of possibly too close by jungle foliage for clearance in takeoff,rough road which would tear the landing gear off at higher speeds before rotating for takeoff or not long enough length of strip which takes about 3 or 4 times more length to take off than to land (which you would probably need about at least 4,000 ft. for that executive jet).Sounds like really dangerous flying to me!
I was in Chetumal 2 weeks ago. After landing, I went to shorefront and grabbed some great food. Afterwards, went out along the shore at night, with many other people. Laid back to say the least. When I got down to the pier, went out to the ferry point that accepted ferries from Belize. I saw the crocodile warning signs along the beach and heard the great amplified corrido music.
The next day, Bacalar, same laid back feel, people out at night. Many tourists for this Magico city. Really relaxed kind of place. Next day, I left. Once you get into a certain point in QR, you go through Chiapis, which has a checkpoint sort've connected to both Belize and Guatemala inspections. This checkpoint was tight. I was questioned and searched thoroughly for any contraband.
Being myself, there wasn't much excitement elicited. I did note that while Cancun, was turning up the heat, there was no heat 5-6 hrs. further south.
Here's my take. Chetumal has a great little international airport. When you get there, get out and get your bags, it is easy to see where everything lies. A great place to land a plane from Belize or Guatemala, take your pick. No Problem, as they would say down there.
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These guys had to find a place to land that had a jet length runway and more importantly had runway lights preferably with a paved strip.Being low on fuel and flying into another country with no flight plan filed beforehand even if it's a private flight authorities from that airport would be swarming that plane.Their only other choice would be to put the landing gear up and ditch in the ocean landing on the belly like a boat.Don't know if I would want to do that 1 (remember Sully on the Hudson?)at night not knowing if you are landing in the trough of a wave which could send you flipping the wings ass over teakettle upside down and if you survived that no boat closeby for rescue.I don't think Mexico has this or drug planes would use this in a heartbeat but years ago when I was learning to fly I thought this was the neatest thing since sliced bread that you could fly over smaller town's paved landing strips at night, fly 1,000 ft.or so over,click your microphone button 5 times within a 3 sec. period and lo and behold the runway lights would come on.I used to use it as a navigation aid before GPS.
This story says a ton of cocaine was seized on this jet.
US registered plane lands at Chetumal with a ton of cocaine - registration number upside down
Chetumal, Q.R. — A plane loaded with a ton of cocaine that landed at the Chetumal airport was quickly abandoned after the pilot aborted his intended destination of a Belize roadway.
A small plane loaded with a ton of cocaine landed at the Chetumal International Airport without permission from local authorities. Reports say that the plane changed course after the two men on board the aircraft saw police on the Belize highway.
There were no arrests.
The aircraft is in the possession of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Attorney General’s Office. The aircraft is similar to other types used to transport drugs in the area, with a recent plane being found burned after its crew and cargo were removed.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the plane N988NN found at the Chetumal airport is a United States aircraft registered in Fort Worth, Texas. It was flying with its registration number upside down.
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Canadiana - what kind of planes did you use to fly?
the registration with FAA is for a 737 owned by American Airlines
For me, I learned to fly a Cessna 152. It was more like floating than flying, and with a good headwind, it was discouraging to see the cars below going faster. Since my travel took me a lot of places 7,000 ft. and higher, the 152 couldn't get to traffic pattern altitude (400' above the runway). After learning this the hard way, I got a 182 instead, which was a good workhorse. Being able to handle (4) adults, you could load about 500 lbs. with the seats out. The 182 is easy to land on a county road and solid, level ground. This type of airplane, was the plane of choice for the early days for the smugglers. Flying low, they were landing along the Mexico and USA border frequently. When that was happening, it was mainly pot. Now, with pot legal in the USA in some parts, planes are now needed such as jets, to get from South America to Mexico or further. I've filed flight plans, been blown over into Mexico, and land in the USA. I was never inspected in the USA, even when flying from border towns to airports north. This has probably changed now.
The Cessna Citation, is a $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 plane used. It seems that this post mentioned the call numbers being upside down and a 737, I wouldn't know why the call numbers are in that position at all. The plane is not a 737, but a Hawker as mentioned in the article.
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Like Parro, learned in a Cessna 152 2 seater.Later Cessna 172 4 seater,Cessna 206 6 seater (a popular drug plane it seems at least in Chapo's fleet),Piper Arrow 2 (my favourite) and twin engine Piper Seneca.
canadiana - very nice, how many hours do you have? and you flew drugs too?????
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Which is now arriving in NY
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I would have to go find my logbook buried in the basement storage but guesstimate over 430 hours.I was asked once to fly a small load of pot over the Montana border north for $5,000 plus dollars but I refused.(Not worth the headache for any amount of money to have my freedom pulled from me).That's probably why I'm so fascinated by other pilot's drug running stories and the headaches what they go through and the problems they face as theirs are different than most pilot's.Good to see there's a few fellow airmen on here.I knew there would be.Our #'s are definitely few.
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