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Rumors spread around town like wild fire that a major contraband bust had occurred on Sunday, April 17, 2011, involving San Pedro residents. According to reports prominent San Pedro residents were busted with a large amount of contraband liquor, beer, cigarettes and other items. A joint police and customs operation took the five persons and their vessel into custody at about 8:00p.m.

Reliable sources informed Ambergris Today that there were about 23 cases of Mexican Beer, several soft drinks, liquor and cigarettes. All five men were detained and taken the San Pedro Police Station and later released. Neither the police department nor Customs/Immigration would release the names of the individuals or any information in regards to the matter.

According to the Customs Department, when contraband products are taken into custody the items are valued at three times the market value. Then a fine is levied and either settled at the customs department or taken to court. To our understanding, ‘an arrangement’ has been made to settle the situation.
Mexican Beer Bust

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    'an arrangement' lol!

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    It is not good when they arrange with customs because they can accept bribery and who knows where the money of the fines go.

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    Influential people get off with whatever they want!!!!!


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    All i can say is what is good for the goose is good for the ganga.

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    When i was in my teens i can remember my friends and I  used to go to Xcalak and party.   We all bought beer but for the road and by the time we reach town we done with all the cargo and we were all happy.     Now people make it a business and want to ripe off by selling a case of Mexican beer for $80 bucks, no way for that i prefer drink my cold Beliken Beer.  It nice with some lime and salt too.

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    Well, what can I say? I heard about it yesterday evening. It's not only prominent people from San Pedro. The contraband of liquor and beer is happening all over the country. These, were unlucky to say 'cause they got caught. Other, do it as any ordinary business or for consumpion;so what's the big deal> It's illegal........and if things go sour? attain to the consequencies. Customs is just doing thier job!

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    yea,, the would have 'arranged' to toss my ass in jail!

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    why shone on the arrangement? what do you think happens with everything taken away by the police and customs??? with or without arragnement. how come they don't publicize when the confiscated items are sopposedly destroyed! what is a sin is that a whole country is held to a monopoly, why not just allow importation and just charge duty, instead of encouraging contraband to protect one monopoly !!! 

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    Looks like the Police & Customs Department will have a hell of a good Easter Weekend will all the Mexican chelitas!

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