Woman caught smuggling cannabis into prison Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

On Tuesday April 18, 20 year old Shantel Waight of Belize City was brought before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith for attempting to smuggle 14 grams of cannabis for two men in prison. She attempted to do so while on a visit to the Belize Central Prison on November 7, 2015.

Waight was caught with the drugs in a tube of Colgate toothpaste during a routine search by prison officials. She was charged with drug trafficking. Before the magistrate, Waight, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The bust was made by officer Zelaya. He was conducting a routine search and came across three tubes of Colgate which he believed felt and looked suspicious. His suspicion led him to open the tubes. One of them contained a substance which he believed to be marijuana. As a result, Waight was detained and escorted to the Hattieville Police Station where she was charged with drug trafficking.

In court, Waight told the magistrate that on a visit to her brother, she met two men who had no visiting privileges and they asked her to bring them some items. According to Waight, she had no previous knowledge of the marijuana which is why she was not hesitant to be searched She claims she was only doing a favor.

The prosecution accepted Waight’s plea. Because she is a first time offender with no previous drug conviction, Smith imposed a non-custodial sentence where she was fined $200 plus a court fine. She has until July 31, 2017 to pay or in default serve 2 months imprisonment.