Busted with 4- 16 gauge cartridges Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 00:00

On Monday, March 27, brothers Joel and Kristian Rios appeared in court where they were arraigned before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. They were each charged with keeping unlicensed ammunitions. They were unrepresented and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The brothers were remanded to the Belize Central Prison where they are awaiting their application for bail. The bust occurred on Friday, March 24, on a farm located on Salt Creek Road in the Ladyville area.

On March 24, 2017, the Ladyville police received information of a stabbing incident through the same road. Upon arrival, the police met with a male person who gave his name as Joel Rios. Rios claimed to have gotten in an altercation with his brother Kristian. The police began searching the property where they came upon a wallet and cartridges. The police asked if he had a license for the ammunition to which he replied that he didn’t. Shortly after, Kristian arrived. He was identified by Joel and the police asked  if he had a license for the ammunition but he didn’t. They were both escorted to the Ladyville Police Station.

In court, Joel Rios asked permission to give their version of events and was granted the permission. He told Mendoza that he works at Crystal Auto Rental farm compounds where he has been the caretaker for a year. He claims that the farm is visited by thieves and on Friday March 24, 2017 some men came and that was when the police showed up and found the cartridges. Kristian, who works on the farm as a mechanic, did not have much to say. Due to the nature of the charges, Mendoza said he could not grant them bail. The siblings are due back in court on June 2, 2017.