Men fleeing from illegal aircraft may have been Brazilian, Colombian – Police

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Police believe that a Brazilian and a Colombian may be connected in the matter regarding the illegal aircraft and airstrip recently discovered in Region Nine.

This is according to Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine who told media operatives today that passports were found inside the aircraft revealing that a Brazilian and Colombian may have been the two persons who were seen fleeing from the aircraft upon it being found.

The seized foreign aircraft was seen frequenting the Santa Fe/Maracanta areas

As such, a report is in the process of being finalised to submit to the relevant authorities.

About a month ago, the plane was seized after police and other security officials had journeyed to the Santa Fe area amid reports of strange flights and discovered illegal fuel and other items near a makeshift airstrip. The aircraft was discovered at an airstrip close to Maracanta, near Santa Fe.

The interior of the abandoned Beechcraft

Three men were reportedly seen running away from the aircraft when Joint Services officials descended upon the area.

Since then, a regional contractor was arrested in connection with the discovery of the illegal airstrip and the seizure of the aircraft, and  a prominent businessman has been taken into custody for allegedly hiring the contractor to prepare the illegal airstrip.

Additionally, several pieces of equipment have been seized from both the contractor and the businessman.

Reports from Lethem are that the Joint Services officers also seized the contractor’s equipment following his arrest.

According to reports, the businessman had carried out works at Yupukari in 2016, where his company undertook works to a sanitary facility in the village, and persons in the area noted that the contractor has close Brazilian relationships.

It is alleged that the contractor used his front-end loader to build an illegal airstrip about 10 miles from Santa Fe.

The airstrip appeared to have undergone recent repairs when it was discovered. This strip had been discovered and destroyed by the GDF only a few years ago.

The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip.

 

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