Cops accused of jacking Chinese store and stealing cocaine Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

According to the acting Commissioner of Police, Noel Leal, a multiagency investigation is being conducted by the Professional Standards Branch in relation to allegations that several Special Patrol Unit Officers stole cocaine. The report was made less than a month ago in the western part of the country and since then an operation has been conducted. The drugs were to be submitted as evidence in an investigation but the officers misappropriated the drugs for their personal use.

So far, only one of the four officers that have been accused of the crime is cooperating. In light of the situation, the police received preliminary reports and are presently seeking legal advice. The matter might be headed to the court but in the meantime, the officers are not on indictment and are presently on duty.

Another incident involving officers took place at the New Asia Restaurant on Vernon Street in Belize City on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Police officers received a report after 10 p.m. of shots being fired in the restaurant. Upon arriving at the scene, a vehicle was tracked down and intercepted. Three police officers, two Constables and one Corporal, were in the vehicle. The three officers are currently on G.R.E.A.T. Training.

The allegations are that the officers purchased some food from the restaurant and instead of paying for their goods, they pointed a gun at the security guard and later fired shots. Investigations into the matter continue and until then, the names of the officers will not be disclosed. Charges will be brought against the officers in the lines of aggravated assault as well as discharging a firearm in public.