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More Guatemalan men caught Gold Panning in Chiquibul Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

After being caught gold panning in the Ceibo Chico Area in southern Chiquibul, two Guatemalan men are in police custody. The men, and a third man who managed to escape, were caught on Saturday, March 17, 2018 while the Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Chiquibul National Park Ranger and BDF Personnel conducted a joint patrol in the area.

According to an FCD release, the men were working on the river approximately 6.5 kilometers inside the park when each of them were searched and a plastic vial containing what appeared to be gold was found. In the immediate area, the search team also found shovels, plastic basins, iron bars, and a bag with marijuana.

The two persons who were detained have been identified as Isais Tux Makin, 24-year-old, and a 16-year-old minor of Monte Los Olivos, Peten, Guatemala. They were escorted out of the forest and handed over to San Ignacio Police on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Gold panning has been an ongoing illicit activity in the Ceibo Chico region and in 2012, The Ceibo Chico Conservation Post was instituted to address this trans-boundary illegal activity. Despite this effort, it still remains one of three primary threats to the integrity of the Chiquibul Forest and headwaters.