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The effect of illegal drug traffic in Belize is not something that the common person will ever see. It is something more that the police are involved in. Because Belize is such a small country, we don’t see a lot of activity. Drug traffic is usually stuff that is going past us; not through us. (San Ignacio, Belize police station, pictured.)
 
Thankfully, we do not have drug shoot-outs in Belize. There are intermittent things that happen in different areas of Belize. But because it is such a small country, the whole country of Belize is like Mayberry RFD, where everybody knows what is going on.
 
We used to have "The Coconut Telegraph," which now it has been replaced with Facebook. We call it "Fastbook" because we can put something on it when you see something that is not right. People are alerted and people pay attention.
 
There are areas of Belize City that have more drug issues than elsewhere in the country. Belize City is where a lot of the people who are predominantly involved in the government, such as ministers, lawyers and businessmen live. When expats move to Belize,many do so to retire or to raise families so they are looking to be in the inland districts or out in the islands. Belize City is just not the point of reference of a place where people want to move.
Christian Burn of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Sad to say there's drug trafficking all over the world now. I don't see any of it because I am a day dweller, so by the time these guys are moving around and doing what they do, I am usually sound asleep in my bed. There are incidents where people find things washed up ashore, but the police always encourage people not to get involved and to report it. That is what I would do. I would report it, then not touch it, and leave it alone. Some people are foolish and they think that finding drugs is an easy way to make some money, but it is absolutely not.
 
The drug trafficking trade is not really here as much in Ambergris Caye because our island is so populated, but in the outer atolls, drug trafficking does exist. Those kind of wash-ups happen regularly because they do these transfers, when they are moving drugs from Colombia to the States. Belize is a nice halfway point, so they push whatever they can push out of their boat or plane and then somebody else comes and picks it up. They move it north constantly, but sometimes they don’t always get all their cargo or the authorities get in the way.
 
We have the US Coast Guard down here. We also have the Belize Defense Corps and the Belize Coast Guard. We have a drug enforcement unit, so there are authorities to deal with the situation, but because this is a coastal area, there is so much area to cover, it is challenging.
 
As outer island dwellers, we see some of it, but here on Ambergris Caye, there's just so many people that you don’t see much of it. Every now and again, you get some vagrant on the beach trying to sell things. Every Caribbean island has that. There is always somebody willing to sell you necklaces and if you want something more, I’m sure he has it available, but you just don't engage  in that; there are laws here. As a tourist, if you are caught with illegal substances, you are not given any legal exceptions. You are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, just like anybody else. You have to come back for court dates if you are not a resident. It is miserable, and to go to jail here would be the pits, so my recommendation is to stay well away from it.
 
People who are not engaged in drug issues or any illegal things should not be concerned here in Belize. Especially in the islands because we do not have that kind of interplay, but Belize City has had that kind of interplay before. They have had open shootings and violence. That is only Belize City. That does not happen on the island and that is the good news.
 
There is not any kind of visible threat anywhere, but like if you go looking for trouble, you're going to find it. People can't be foolish, and you have to keep your wits about you in a foreign country. You shouldn't do things that are against the law of the country and you really shouldn’t do things against the law period. That is why laws are in place. 
Saira Mahabir of Century 21 Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
 US miliatary and Belize National Coast guard during joint river operations – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingWe do have illegal drug trafficking in Belize and we cannot deny that. I Our armed forces are really working hard to try to minimize drug trafficking in this country. Unfortunately, it still happens. The armed forces has started new anti-drug units and they work round the clock doing surveillance in different places. They have been working very hard to cut down the illegal drug trade in Belize.
 
We have seen some big drug busts especially in the western border, the Mexican border, and the Guatemalan border. There were also some illegal immigrants who tried to come in with the drug trade in Belize. 
 
Belize has maintained the ability to try to stay uncorrupted but there are just some corrupt people so I will not say that corruption doesn’t happen here, because it does. But people are now wiser and are more aware of things that are not supposed to be done, such as drugs or human trafficking. I would say that the public knowledge is very good.  
 
These things do not even affect the lives of expats who live here in Belize. They do not have to be careful or be worried that illegal activities will be happening or affecting them.  
 
( US military and Belize National Coast guard during joint river operations, pictured.)
Chris Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
At this time, illegal drug traffic has no effect in Belize. There are no drug cartels in Belize like Mexico.  There’s no safety concern, so you’re not going to find a house that is guarded by AK 47s.
 
Every now and again, you hear about a fisherman who finds what they call here a “square fish,” which is where a load of cocaine has been dumped off the ship and floats up on the shore. Every now and again, they capture drug leaders in Belize, but it’s never a big issue. Violence from drug traffic is non-existent as well.

 
Boris Mannsfeld of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
You hear about illegal drug trafficking more and more. Now some people in the United States talk about Central America being sort of the transit point for illegal drugs going to the US and other South American countries.
 
Personally, I do not see the effect of illegal drug trafficking, especially here in Placencia, but I think there is some effect in Belize City. They have some issues over there in Belize City related to gangs. I would imagine some of the gangs are related to drugs and other illegal crimes. You will not see that here in Placencia.

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