Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Two island residents arrested in large heroin bust in northern Belize


Police in Corozal are reporting that they arrested four men during a major drug bust in a well coordinated anti-drug operation. The drug seizure took place on the morning of Tuesday, January 13th, in the Corozal District in northern Belize. Two of the four men caught inside the vehicle at the time of the drug operation are residents of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.

According to multiple reports, the four men are 32-year-old Jose Antonio Lara, fisherman of Julio Street of San Pedro Town; 35-year-old Heider Martin Perez, Accountant of San Pedro Town; 30-year-old Lenon Leonardo Tillett of Belize and 42-year-old Gerardo Allen of Caye Caulker Village. All four men were inside a white 4-door Chevrolet Tahoe with license plate BC-C 41809.

Jose Antonio Lara – Heider Martin Perez  – Gerardo Allen- Lenon Leonardo Tillett


When police stopped and searched the vehicle, authorities found 15 parcels of what appeared to be suspected heroin on the back seat. Multiple reports indicate that the suspected heroin, believed to have been heading to Mexico, amounted to close to 40 pounds, which has an estimated street value of $12 million.

The drug bust is believed to be the largest heroin seizure in northern Belize, and may have originated from Ambergris Caye. The four men remain detained at the Corozal Police Station where they are expected to be charged for drug trafficking.

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