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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Two men were arraigned for a very large amount of weed busted in Belize City. They have been identified as 32-year-old Noel Leal Jr. and 21-year-old Rudolph Belisle, both of #72 Vernon Street, Belize City.

Both men had been in police custody since the morning of June 14, 2017 shortly after the bust. Late on Thursday, June 15, 2017, the men were arraigned before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser on a single count of the possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking, an amount of 6,713.5 grams. In court, the men were represented by attorney Herbert Panton.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge of drug trafficking. According to Panton, neither of his clients was found in the room, but the police facts sheet says otherwise. Panton further added that the police were trying to locate a third suspect and when they could not do so, a new charge sheet had to be prepared.

Prosecutor Inspector Hector Rodriguez had no objection to bail being granted to the duo. Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser granted them both bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety of the same or two sureties of $2,000 each which both were able to meet. The men are due back in court on August 17, 2017.

Acting on intelligence on June 14, 2017, police visited #72 Vernon Street, Belize City to execute a search warrant for illegal drugs and firearms. PC Gongora, who was heading the team of police, identified himself and knocked on the door and requested that the occupants open the door but they refused. With the refusal Gongora proceeded to remove some louvers of a window through which he saw two male persons. One of the men was holding a parcel and wrapping it with a transparent plastic while the other person attempted to run through the door. They were ordered to stop but they refused.

PC Gongora climbed through the window and that is when he saw several parcels wrapped in transparent plastic and several black plastic bags. The men tried to escape but he pursued them. They were escorted back to the building where the parcels were revealed to contain green leafy substances suspected to be cannabis.