Teenager charged with drug and bicycle offenses Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Kyle Latchman, an 18-year-old construction worker, was caught by police with a bag of cannabis while riding contrary to the flow of traffic and later managed to escape. He was recaptured and charged with four criminal offenses on May 15, 2017. He was fined with drug trafficking, escaping from lawful custody, causing a bike to proceed up a one way street, and riding a bicycle without a bell. He pleaded guilty to three of the four offenses as he claims that he was not riding contrary to traffic and that it was instead a young man with whom he was riding.

According to police, PC Pow along with WPC Noralez were doing a motorcycle patrol on Regent Street, Belize City on Sunday, May 14, 2017 when their attention was drawn to two male persons riding on separate bicycles going contrary to the flow of traffic on Albert Street heading toward the Swing Bridge.

PC Pow alleged that he followed them and ordered them to stop on the bridge. He informed them that a search for illegal substances would be conducted. PC Pow said that it was at this point that Latchman placed a plastic bag that he was carrying unto the railing of the bridge. He searched the bag after searching the men. In the bag he found a white foam plate with two bags of cannabis inside. Latchman was placed under arrest and soon dashed toward Water Lane. PC Pow set chase behind him and also called for backup. Latchman was soon captured near Duck Lane.

In court, he appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he admitted that he was caught with an illegal substance when intercepted by police on Albert Street. When he pleaded guilty to trafficking 225 grams of cannabis, he was asked if he understood the penalty which carries a fine of $10,000 and confinement of 3 years. He initially maintained a guilty plea. He later told Magistrate Fraser that he misunderstood what she was asking and pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking.

He was fined $25 plus the cost of court for riding a bicycle without a bell. His other charges are pending and was offered bail in the sum of $3,000 plus one surety of the same amount. Magistrate Fraser instructed Latchman to surrender his American passport.