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McAfee Founder Arrested Over ''Bogus Weapons Charge''

By - Source: News 5 Belize | B 16 comments

John McAfee was reportedly arrested in Belize for having a firearm without a license. His story sounds just as unbelievable as the false arrest itself.

Local news channel News 5 in Belize reports that McAfee founder John McAfee was arrested at his research facility in Orange Walk for having a firearm without a license. McAfee calls the arrest bogus, claiming that it was an intentional move because he failed to bribe a local political boss in the local district.

"On Monday at six o’clock, I was awakened by the sound of a bullhorn, a megaphone," McAfee explains. "I went outside and saw about thirty GSU in full uniform, full dressed, automatic weapons, storming through the property and drive way. I went back inside, got some clothes on, I came out. I was told to put up my hands up against the wall as was eleven other people on the compound."

At the time, there were eleven people other than McAfee present at the facility, five of which were women. The GSU said they had a warrant to search the property, but instead of simply entering through the doors and conducting their search in a civilized manner, they reportedly took sledgehammers to every door, all of which were unlocked. McAfee just stood watching, shocked.

"They confiscated my passport, all of the weapons we used for security on the compound, handcuffed me and everyone and for fourteen hours outside in the sun, I sat handcuffed without food or water," he told News 5. "We got water around noon. At three o’clock we asked for food. We were told by the GSU, 'do we look like cooks to you.' They murdered my dog in cold blood. That was the thing I think -- it was a warning to us that this is serious; don’t mess with us."

He said that during the search, they threw things around and stole many items. One of the GSU officers even confiscated all of his firearms licenses and put them in his vest. When the search was over, he pulled the licenses back out except for one. Based on this "missing" license, McAfee was charged with having a firearm without a license, and dragged him off to Belize City.

"Fortunately we had copies," he said. "We showed up later at the police station with the copies. Even then it was difficult to get out. I had to get the intervention of the American embassy to get released. By the time I got to Belize, it was sixteen hours. I slept until two a.m. on a concrete floor at the Queen’s Street Police Station until the embassy finally convinced someone to release me."

He said the police claimed they didn't have his passport even though they snatched it up during the search. "This is clearly a military dictatorship where people are allowed to go and harass citizens based on rumor alone and treat them as if they are guilty before any evidence whatsoever is obtained," he added. "It began, innocently enough, with my refusal to donate to the local political boss of the district where I lived in Orange Walk and I have given at least two million dollars in gifts to the police departments in Orange Walk, San Pedro, Belize City, to the village of Carmelita, and the City of Orange Walk."

The 64-year-old McAfee founder was never officially charged. He said he has a fair amount of money and not much to do. Thus, he has started programs to feed children, help mothers whose husbands have "simply disappeared" -- he essentially spends his money where he thinks it will do good. He doesn't invest in political parties, and he doesn't have any political affiliation, so naturally he refused to donate to the politician in question.

"I’ve given a million dollars to the police department, so he should get a huge chunk and he got nothing," he said. "Immediately after that, he began—not personality but his aids—began a campaign of calling to the local radio stations on Saturday morning talk shows saying the same thing; 'What are we going to do about the white man at the toll bridge? He has all of these security guards. He’s probably involved in illegal activities. Everybody is complaining about him.' Nothing could be further from the truth. That politician by the way did not get reelected."

After Channel 5's report surfaced, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen jumped on Twitter and warned other Internet security founders about McAfee's encounter. "Hey Peter Norton, here's a tip: don't go to Belize."

The McAfee security company told The Inquirer that "John McAfee is a private individual with no connection to McAfee." Consider him disowned.

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    classzero , May 4, 2012 7:31 PM
    northwesternThe US isn't the only country with a corrupt police force.


    You have got to be kidding me! Humans are corrupt, so yes there are corrupt police officers, but to say that the US police force is corrupt you are insane, an occupier, or both. Bill gates or any other entrepreneur or philanthropist have not been treated like this in the US.
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    frozonic , May 4, 2012 7:26 PM
    northwesternThe US isn't the only country with a corrupt police force.

    you are right....those bastard would sell their own mothers for a few bucks (i dont want to generalize, i know there are a LOT of good cops)
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    Northwestern , May 4, 2012 7:15 PM
    The US isn't the only country with a corrupt police force.
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    jalek , May 4, 2012 7:25 PM

    There are reasons the cost of living is cheaper in other countries.
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    frozonic , May 4, 2012 7:26 PM
    northwesternThe US isn't the only country with a corrupt police force.

    you are right....those bastard would sell their own mothers for a few bucks (i dont want to generalize, i know there are a LOT of good cops)
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    classzero , May 4, 2012 7:31 PM
    northwesternThe US isn't the only country with a corrupt police force.


    You have got to be kidding me! Humans are corrupt, so yes there are corrupt police officers, but to say that the US police force is corrupt you are insane, an occupier, or both. Bill gates or any other entrepreneur or philanthropist have not been treated like this in the US.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 7:42 PM
    :facepalm:

    This is why you should stay out of South American countries! Sure, some of the beaches are pretty, but if you think America's political situation is bad... ha! He should of had a nice get-a-away spot in Germany, Amsterdam, Greece, etc. not some freaking back water SA country! Hopefully he learned his lesson.
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    johnners2981 , May 4, 2012 7:46 PM
    Yeah, don't think I'm going to Belize
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    steved54321 , May 4, 2012 7:49 PM
    There is corruption everywhere, in the US, in Canada, in the police force and army. The more corrupt they are the more they get noticed that's all.

    I have a friend in Maryland who tells me she knows cops that get paid off to leave certain things alone. I guess she's just making that up right?
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    JamesSneed , May 4, 2012 8:51 PM
    John was born in England and raised in Salem, Virginia. John, maybe about time you rejoin your roots?
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    fandroid , May 4, 2012 8:54 PM
    I was charged a fee to leave Belize at the airport. What messed with my head was that the fee happened to be exactly how much local currency I had in my wallet but my wallet had been in my pocket the entire time.
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    aldo_gg , May 4, 2012 9:33 PM
    Belize is not in South America
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    Unolocogringo , May 4, 2012 9:51 PM
    All of the Central American countries are like this.
    It cost $20.00 per person American dollars to leave Costa Rica. American dollars, Costa Rican money is not accepted. Panama,Belize etc are all the same or similar.
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2012 11:00 PM
    do a search, the police are corrupt through and through in Belize, they are in the pocket of local politicians, Innocent victims are arested, human trafficking is rife its a totally corrupt state, just dont go there dont do business with it
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    nitto555rchallenger , May 5, 2012 4:15 AM
    @fandroid
    Quote:
    I was charged a fee to leave Belize at the airport.


    A lot of countries do that as a tourist/airlines tax for visiting.

    Quote:
    After Channel 5's report surfaced, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen jumped on Twitter and warned other Internet security founders about McAfee's encounter. "Hey Peter Norton, here's a tip: don't go to Belize."

    The McAfee security company told The Inquirer that "John McAfee is a private individual with no connection to McAfee." Consider him disowned.


    Yo that's some douche-bag tweets by F-Secure, who is a crappy competitor anyways.

    Yeah John McAfee sold the company off, but consider yourselves still as a failing company without him even with Intel's help.
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    goatsetung , May 5, 2012 8:49 AM
    "His story sounds just as unbelievable"

    I wish this were true. But when you hear things like this often enough from different people, there has got to be something to it...
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    Anonymous , May 5, 2012 2:40 PM
    Since I am actually living in Belize on the island of San Pedro where McAfee also lives I thought I'd add comment.
    There are two major TV stations in Belize - Channel 5 and Channel 7 - Channel 5 has an axe to grind with the government and their reports are always skewed. What they fail to mention is that McAfee had his own well armed private army that had refused entry to the regular police on several occasions. McAfee himself was shacked up on his "compound" with a 17 year old female minor that he referred to as his girlfriend. He had a "lab" that was unsanctioned in which he claimed to be making "antibiotics" yet there were no qualified medical or pharmacological personnel on the compound. Finally, just a week ago Bill Gates was here, he enjoyed his time here. Unlike McAfee he did not go off into the jungle to make his own drugs. As for corrupt cops - well yes Belize has lots of those but this operation also had the tacit support of US law enforcement agencies.
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2012 12:43 PM
    Wake up to what you're doing in your life. McAfee chose to live in Belize therefore he chose to support the corruption and lawlessness of the country's police force. If you don't like it, change it or get out.
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