At right, Belizeans Hugo Casanova and Ermelindo Vasquez.
Belize Police have had under surveillance for several months now Hugo Casanova and Ermelindo Vázquez for alleged links to organized crime. The cops knew that both subjects, Belizeans, were behind a business netting them handsomely, but had insufficient evidence on which to arrest them. Both subjects were arrested, along with two women, as well as the brothers Carlos Adelmar, aka "The monster", and Nestor Alberto cabins Catzin, during an operation by troops of the 25th infantry batallion the Navy of Mexico (Semar) Secretariat, at a residence on Benito Juarez Avenue, on Thursday, February 7.
According to the information gathered, the Belize Police had their eyes on Hugo Casanova and Ermelindo Vázquez, merchants in the Corozal District. Ermelindo Vázquez has a farm called "Steakhouse", where various business activities are conducted. Hugo Casanova is the business owner of "Carolina Auto Rentals", that rents luxury vehicles, which is presumed, are his property.
The intelligence work by the Navy of Mexico confirmed that days before the detention, it received information about the entry into the country of a cargo of "crystal meth", coming from the neighboring country of Belize and destined for the Sinaloa Cartel linked "Los Pelones" gang in Quintana Roo.
The drug disappeared until a few days ago when Hugo Casanova and Ermelindo Vázquez, Belizean distributors, apparently took the decision to transport the cargo to the the residence of Carlos Adelmar Cabanas Catzin, alias "The Monster".
According to reports, 45 kilograms of suspected crystal meth were found (about 50,000 doses ready for distribution and retail marketing) along with eight suspected members of organized crime who were inside the building. The drugs were valued at least 11 million pesos (an equivalent of USD $1,000,000.00) and were found in bags and these in turn were found in several refrigerators.
According to the Channel 5 Television station in Belize, Vasquez has been in drug-trafficking related trouble with the law before. In 1996, he was arrested after the discovery of a drug plane carrying three hundred and eighty-six kilos of cocaine. He escaped conviction amid a corruption scandal, when the case files went up in smoke in a mysterious vehicle fire. At the time, Vasquez’s father in law was the Minister of Home Affairs, Elito Urbina in the U.D.P. government at that time.
Source Diario Respuesta and Diario de Quintana Roo, Mexico