Accident victim busted with 14 pound of weed Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:20

Roland Raheem Rivers, 34, is lucky to be alive after he crashed a Ford Escape into a tree near mile 16 on the Phillip Goldson Highway just after noon on Friday, February 5. The vehicle was extensively damaged and Rivers suffered from minor injuries. He has since been treated and released from the Karl Heusner Memorial but that was only the start of trouble for Rivers. 

Police report that officers of the Road Traffic Accident Team responded to the scene of the accident and saw the driver sitting in the vehicle. He was asked to exit and when he did the officers noticed a number of Brahman beers in the back seat of the vehicle, at least 40. A number of them were empty and Rivers struggled to walk. Further checks in the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a black plastic bag near the front passenger side. Police opened the bag in front of Rivers and it contained a green leaf like substance suspected to be cannabis. Rivers was arrested and taken to the police station where the drugs were weighed. The amount was 6,350.29 grams or just about 14 pounds.

Police escorted Rivers to the Belize City Magistrates’ Court at 2 p.m. that afternoon. Rivers was joined by his attorney, Douglas Carr, and was read three criminal offenses: one count of drug trafficking, one count of driving a motor vehicle after consuming too much alcohol and one count of driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention. Rivers pleaded not guilty to the charges. There was no objection to bail which Magistrate Carlon Mendoza granted in the sum of $8,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

Roland Rivers was able to secure bail and is due back in court on April 1, 2016.