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

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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 ear­lier this week 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.

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 dis­cov- ered il­le­gal fuel and other items near a makeshift airstrip. The air­craft was dis­cov­ered at an airstrip close to Mara­canta, near Santa Fe.

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 offi- cers 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.

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

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