Jeffery Navarette busted with weed inside Cornflakes box Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 March 2016 00:00

Jeffery Navarette, 28, was busted by police last Wednesday, March 2, with almost 500 grams of weed stashed inside a cornflakes box. Police intercepted a Joshua Bus in Sandhill Village and asked all the occupants to exit the bus with their belongings. Navarette was holding a black plastic bag in his hand and a knapsack on his back. The officers searched the knapsack and the plastic bag. Nothing illegal was found inside the knapsack but a search of the black plastic bag led to a cornflakes box that contained marijuana. Navarette was detained and taken to the police station where the drug was weighed. It amounted to 489.1 grams, a substantial amount. He was charged with drug trafficking.

On Thursday, March 3, Navarette appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith where he was read a single charge of drug trafficking with intent to supply to another person. He was unrepresented and asked the court to allow him to explain. The Chief Magistrate explained to him that he must first enter a plea before he can speak. Navarette then pleaded guilty with an explanation. He told the court that he had no knowledge of the Marijuana in the bag. According to him, he was heading to Belize City to do a land transaction when he met a friend in Orange Walk who asked him to take some groceries to his baby’s mother in Cayo. He agreed to do the favour and on the way down his bus was stopped by police. Navarette told the court that he handed over the bag to police when asked to present his property and was equally shocked when the weed was found.

After the explanation, Chief Magistrate Smith explained to Navarette that if he was not aware of the drugs then he shouldn’t plea guilty. With that, he changed his plea to not guilty for drug trafficking. Chief Magistrate Smith offered bail in the sum of $500 plus one surety of the same amount.

Navarette is due back in court in June of this year.