It may be one of the largest crystal meth busts in the country of Belize, and it happened Wednesday night in the Orange Walk District. According to Police, on Wednesday 20th August at around 7:20 pm, while on Anti-Drug operation in Orange Walk Town, members of the Anti-Drug Unit attempted to stop a black Toyota car. ASP Tillett of the Orange Walk Formation filled us in on the details.
“About seven-twenty p.m. on Wednesday, police were conducting an anti-drug operation in Orange Walk Town, where they saw a suspicious black car traveling on a street in Orange Walk Town. When the police vehicle approached them, and identified themselves as police officers, the driver just sped away in the direction of Liberty Avenue where he lost control. The driver along with a passenger tried to escape on foot. Police were able to catch them, bring them back to where the vehicle, where they saw a carton box containing what seems to be suspected meth. In a red cooler, there were more packages of suspected meth found. A total of thirty packs were weighed and totaled fifty-four point seven kilograms. Both persons are presently detained pending drug trafficking charges.”
The driver of the vehicle was Ruperto Eulalio Reyes, a 49 year old Belizean of Orange Walk Town. The passenger was Pascual Terrero Pineda, a 52 year old Cuban of San Pedro Town.
Inspector Selvyn Tillett
“One of them is from Orange Walk, Mr Ruperto Reyes of a Sittee River Street address, and the other is a Cuban national Pascual Pineda, who has given addresses in both Belmopan and also Boca Del Rio area, San Pedro.”
“At the moment, they have not been charged as yet. They should be charged anytime soon, either this evening or tomorrow morning. I cannot say whether it was supposed to go across [the border] or stay in Belize. I cannot comment on that. At this moment, we continue with the launch of our investigation into this situation. We have ADU personnel on board who are experts in this field and they were a part of this operation.”
The men along with the drugs and vehicle were escorted to the Orange Walk Police Station for processing and charges of drug trafficking. The suspected drugs were later confirmed to be Crystal Meth valued at over two million US dollars.