$10,000 fine for drug trafficker Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Emerson Williams, a 37-year-old resident of the Old Northern Highway Road, is in debt to the court in the sum of ,000 imposed on June 15, 2017 after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking of 189 grams of cannabis.

He appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where he pleaded guilty to possession since he claimed the weed was for his personal use and not to sell. Prosecutor Inspector Hector Rodriguez rejected the plea for possession and with that, Williams was forced to plead guilty to the charge of drug trafficking.

Cpl. Hernandez and PC Jaidomiro Patt were on mobile patrol on Partridge Street, Belize City on June 15, 2017 when they saw a man walking toward Mahogany Street acting suspiciously. As a result, PC Hernandez stopped him and conducted a search where they found a black plastic bag inside his underpants.

The bag was opened in his presence where they saw some green leafy like substance suspected to be cannabis. He was informed of the offense and escorted to the Mahogany Street Police station and charged.

Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser refrained from imposing confinement upon Williams since he is a first time offender and who in mitigation begged for leniency. She imposed the mandatory fine of $10,000.00 plus a $5.00 cost of court fine and order that he pay it by October 31, 2017 in default of 3 years imprisonment. Williams was free to go home.