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Cultivation of Cannabis in Benque Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

Benque Viejo Police visited a farm located off the Hydro Road on Thursday of last week, belonging to 56 year old Andres Valladarez. On arrival Police observed the Belizean farmer of Benque Viejo Town seated in a hammock under a thatch house. He was thereon informed that a search was going to be conducted for firearms, ammunition and illegal drugs.

Benque Police found nothing illegal on him; however a search near the hammock area where he was lying lead to the discovery of a small transparent plastic bag which contained a green leafy substance suspected to be cannabis. It was shown to him and he was informed of the offence committed. A further search was conducted on the farm, which led to the discovery of three (3) plantation beds, each containing 3 cannabis plants, which were about 15 feet separated from each other. No one else was at the farm of Andres Valladarez at the time that the search was conducted by Benque police. He was once again informed of the offence and cautioned. The plants were uprooted in his presence and he was escorted to the Benque Viejo Police Station, along with the suspected drugs and cannabis plants. The drug was weighed in his presence and it amounted to 7.0 grams. Andres Valladarez was subsequently charged for the offences of cultivation of cannabis and possession of controlled drugs.