Honduran man busted with 16.5 pounds of weed Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 February 2016 00:00

Honduras national, Orbin Lenin Reyes, 28, says that he was set up and betrayed after he was busted with over 15 pounds of weed on Saturday, February 6, while travelling on bus towards Belize City.

Allegations are that police intercepted a Tillett Bus Line run at about 11:42 a.m. between Miles 8 and 9 in the Ladyville area. Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster says they had been monitoring Reyes “for a while” and an operation was set to apprehend the suspected drug peddler. Police boarded the bus and proceeded to search Reyes and his belongings.  A search of his knapsack resulted in the discovery of 7,595.672 grams of cannabis, just over 16.5 pounds. Reyes was arrested and charged with one count of drug trafficking.

In court on Monday, Reyes was unrepresented and wasted no time in presenting a guilty plea. He told the court, “I am guilty; however, I was betrayed. I was set up. I am not from here so I cannot make such an agreement.” He further told the court that the person in charge who offered to pay him $100 to get the weed lives in Orange Walk. Reyes said this was his second trip to the country of Belize and that he works as a mechanic in Orange Walk with a friend he knows as “Giovanni”. This is the friend who offered him money to take the bag into the city and he would be brought back in a private vehicle. 
At this point, Magistrate Rogers told him to not say anything else or he could get himself into more trouble with the law. Magistrate Rogers then sentenced Reyes to three years imprisonment at the Belize Central Prison.