Charged for drug trafficking then detained pending murder charges Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

The brother of slain George Street gangster Kareem Lopez, Mark Lopez, 27, is a key suspect in a recent double homicide being investigated by police. Lopez appeared in court on Friday, February 5, to face a charge of drug trafficking after he was allegedly busted along with Biscayne Village resident, Aaron Reynolds, 21, with 94 grams of cannabis.

Police searched Reynolds’ house in Biscayne Village on Thursday, February 4, and found the drug inside a drawer. Lopez and Reynolds were at the house at the time of the search so both were charged for the discovery. In court on Friday, Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking and Reynolds pleaded noy guilty. The prosecutor, Cpl, Kennard Clark, requested a recess to check with superiors if he can accept Lopez’s plea since Reynolds was pleading not guilty. When the case resumed ten minutes later Lopez changed his plea. Therefore, both men pleaded not guilty to the charge. Both were offered bail of $6,000 plus one surety of the same amount each. Lopez was able to meet bail before 12 noon. However, his freedom was short lived.

Lopez was detained by officers of the Gang Suppression Unit as he exited the court room. Police say that he is a person of interest in a double murder that occurred in Orange Walk. On Monday, February 1, Rene Acevedo and Erlindo Matura Junior were shot and killed in broad daylight. No charges have been levied for that murder as yet.
Lopez and Reynolds are due back in court on April 5, 2016 for their drug trafficking case.