A group of four persons from Spanish Lookout, two Americans and two Mennonites, were busted with marijuana on Sunday, January 24, at the junction of Burrell Boom Road and the Phillip Goldson Highway. According to police report, at about 12 noon on Sunday a grey Toyota 4 Runner truck approached a vehicular checkpoint set up by officers of the Mobile Interdiction Team at the junction of the Burrell Boom Road and the Phillip Goldson Highway. Four persons were inside and the driver was asked for his license. When the he lowered his glass the officer smelt marijuana inside the vehicle. He immediately informed the driver that a search would be done on them and the vehicle for illegal firearms, ammunitions and drugs. During the search, nothing incrimination was found on the occupants of the vehicle; however, a black school bag containing a glass jar with green leaf like substance was found inside the vehicle. All four persons were detained and escorted to the Ladyville Police Station where they were charged with possession of 12.4 grams of marijuana.
On Monday, January 25, the occupants of the vehicle: Bernard Elias, 22, Bobby Hiebert, 21, and Americans Hunter,19, and Izzabella Brand,18, were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of possession of a controlled drug after a night in lock down at the Ladyville Police Station. They appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza and were all unrepresented. In court, Hiebert wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge. The others pleaded not guilty. Hiebert claimed that the marijuana was his for recreational usage. Magistrate Mendoza accepted the guilty plea and fined Hiebert $300. He has given until February 5, 2016 to pay or serve three months imprisonment in default.
The court prosecutor, Inspector Pablo Pikney, then withdrew the charge from Elias, Hunter and Izzabella Brand.