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Customs was discreet with Mai and Mark Lizarraga when they were caught Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

The Guardian Newspaper has confirmed that two high profile individuals who were caught illegally importing items into the country were able to settle their problems with the Customs department in a relatively quiet manner.

Readers will recall that back in December of 2012, Jose Edilberto Mai, Orange Walk South Area Representative was caught with 15 cases of Miller Beer at a check point on the Chan Chen cut off. Being an area representative does not allow for special privilege for beer to be illegally imported into the country and as a result, Mai was taken in and processed by the Customs department.

In April 2013 similarly Southside distributors, a business that Senator Mark Lizarraga is a principal of, was busted by customs with six thousand pounds of bacon. The business was attempting to import six thousand pounds of Griddlemaster Wide Shingle Bacon in 400 boxes. The bacon was found inside a container that also brought in 24 boxes of Vacuum Packed Pork Tenderloin. The company from whom the bacon was bought was Hormel Foods out of Chicago, U.S.A. At the time the company had received a permit from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to import the tenderloin but there was no permit issued to import the bacon.

Now both these cases made headlines at the time but what was never mentioned was that these individuals were never taken to court for the infractions. That is because they settled the matter with the customs department in a discreet manner. That is they arrived at a solution which meant paying fines for the infractions and the matter was settled.