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Wilmer Cartajena Reported Missing in San Pedro
Police on Ambergris Caye are asking for public assistance in locating an islander. 27 year old Wilmer Cartajena, also known as Chix, went missing on March 24th. Cartajena, who lives in the Basil Jones area located some 12 miles north of San Pedro Town, was reported missing by his brother Oscar Cartajena on Sunday April 1st.
According to San Pedro Police, Cartajena was last seen on March 24th sometime between 9:30 and 10AM on the said date in the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro Town. Cartajena was seen near the bridge in a white boat along with four males of dark complexion, heading in a northerly direction along the eastern coastline of Ambergris Caye. He was last seen wearing a white T-shit, short pants and black Costa del Mar sunshades.
Police say Cartajena has three distinguishing tattoos; one on the right side of the neck with the name “Gloria,” another on his back with the word “Angel” and a third on his right elbow with this nickname “Chix”. Cartajena is described as being Hispanic of fair complexion, short black hair, slim built with medium height and brown eyes.
Authorities on the island have initiated an intensive search for Cartajena since he has been missing for the past ten days. Both the police and his family are concerned for his safety as there have been rumors circulating that someone was murdered on northern Ambergris Caye. San Pedro Police confirmed that they themselves have heard similar rumors and dispatched a team of investigators to comb the northern coastline of island. Police are following all angles and are asking the public to share any information that might possibly assist with their investigation.
In speaking with one of the family members, they explained that Wilmer would always keep in contact with them regardless of the distance. The family said that since the day he was last seen, Cartajena has not answered their calls, something he would never do. Anyone knowing any information that can assist the police regarding the whereabouts of Wilmer Cartajena is asked to call the nearest police station.
San Pedro Sun
Police Constable Jose Valerio Shot in Caye Caulker
A police officer attached to the Caye Caulker Police Station was shot shortly after 5PM today Monday, April 1st. was shot by a civilian who remains at large. According to multiple police sources, Valerio was shot in the head in the Bahia del Sol area in the southern part of the village near the airstrip.
Information is still sketchy at this time but The San Pedro Sun understands that sometime last night, a male person was being detained for having a firearm. The person, while being taken to the station, managed to escape. It appears that while the police in Caye Caulker were on a man hunt for the person, Valerio was shot by the same person they were searching for. A seriously injured Valerio was airlifted to Belize City where he remains hospitalized.
A team of law enforcement officers, including members of the Belize Defense Force, were dispatched to Caye Caulker Village where a vigorous man hunt for the armed civilian is being coordinated.
San Pedro Sun
San Pedro Teens in trouble
Two teenagers from San Pedro town are detained in San Ignacio, Cayo, pending firearms charges. Police say that on Friday night, Charlie Jamil Espat, 18, and a fifteen year old boy, were intercepted in a car at the police checkpoint in Red Creek area of Santa Elena town. Police say when they searched the vehicle, they found a large amount of U.S currency and a 9 millimeter pistol and a magazine containing twelve live rounds of matching ammunition. Both persons were detained pending charges.
Patrick E. Jones
U.S. State Official,
Maria Otero visits
The United States is particularly pleased with the free, fair and democratic manner in which Belize conducted its recent general elections, which are a cornerstone of a healthy democracy.
This was the message from U.S. President Barack Obama which U.S. Under Secretary of State Maria Otero communicated to the government and people of Belize at a press conference at the House of Culture in Belize City on Thursday, March 29.
Otero is Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, and she also coordinates U.S. foreign policy and relations with the rest of the world with regard to these issues as well as refugees, trafficking in persons, rule of law counter-narcotics, crisis prevention and response, global criminal justice and countering violent extremism.
Belize is one of only two countries in Central America that Otero visited on this tour, but she said that Belize, despite its small population, is considered a major partner of the United States in terms of preserving democracy, and fighting drugs and human trafficking.
Otero said her responsibilities include protecting human rights and preserving human dignity and freedoms, regardless of race, creed, color gender or sexual orientation, and said the U.S. aid to Belize was not in any way linked or conditioned upon the outcome of the UNIBAM case, even though she was aware of the issue as it affects Belize.
She said she was also pleased with two recent prosecutions and convictions of persons accused of human trafficking, as indicative of the success Belize is achieving in combating this modern form of human slavery.
She said she handles relations not just with Central America or this hemisphere, but all over the world, and human trafficking is a global problem, with gross abuses against young girls and boys, for sexual exploitation and child labour.
So the U.S. encourages countries around the world to pass laws against these crimes, and to prosecute offenders.
In the past Belize has been black-listed for not doing enough to counter human trafficking.
In reference to her responsibility for anti-drug trafficking, Otero applauded the Belize Coast Guard’s efforts in patrolling and fighting drug trafficking. She said the U.S. would not be changing its position on the legality or criminality of cocaine use or abuse and trafficking, even though one of its allies in the region, Guatemalan President Otto Perez, has proposed for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine to be legalized.
The Central American proponents of drug legalization argue that the war on drugs is too costly in terms of the money and human resources needed to fight the criminal gangs who are trafficking drugs and also in the number of lives lost in the anti-drug war. They see drug trafficking as being the United States’ problem; since they are the principal consumers.
Just as the criminal gangs smuggling contraband liquor into the United States in the 1930’s lost their economic base when Prohibition was abolished and alcohol consumption became legal, so too those who favor decriminalizing drugs see it as one way to do away with the cost of paying for police and weapons to fight the drug cartels. Otero met with Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega and other senior government officials in Belmopan on Wednesday, March 28, to discuss continued bilateral cooperation between Belize and the U.S., but this did not mean any increased U.S. military presence in Belize in the near future, she said.
U.S. Ambassador Vinai Thumallapally elaborated on the issue by saying that more U.S. helicopters would not be arriving to help Belize patrol its borders, but the U.S. supports Belize’s right to be an independent and sovereign nation.
He said this cooperation would continue in training and equipping Belizean security and law enforcement personnel. He applauded the success of border personnel who had recently completed a training course and were able as a result to detect and stop a shipment of more that a 100 kilos of cocaine which was being smuggled out of Belize into Mexico, ultimately destined for the United States.
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