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No jail time for man caught with crack cocaine Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

A Belize City man who was busted by police with possession of crack cocaine and taken into the police station to be processed claimed that the police placed foil onto the weighing scale so that the crack cocaine which was so little and could not move the scale, be read. That man is Leo Smith, a self employed of Handy Side Street. On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, he was found in possession of 0.2 grams of crack cocaine. Besides the drugs, Smith was additionally charged with allegedly obstructing PC Manuel Caliz while he was executing his duties. Smith allegedly took the cocaine off the scale and threw it to the ground.

On July 12, 2017, PC Manuel Caliz and PC L. Perez were conducting a motorcycle patrol on West Collet Canal. They intercepted Smith where a search was conducted on him. As a result, police found a piece of foil in the waist of his pants. The foil was opened in his presence where a substance, which was suspected to be crack cocaine, was seen. Smith was escorted to the police station where the substance was weighed in his presence. According to Officer Caliz, Smith took the substance off the scale while it was being weighed and threw it on the ground. As a result, he was charged for the possession of drugs and for obstruction.

In court where he was unrepresented, Smith appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. He pleaded guilty to both charges, possession of drugs and obstruction of an officer. Smith, who has been in the court before on drug related offenses, claims that he does not have a drug problem and that he was using the cocaine as pain relief to help ease his tooth ache.

Smith begged the court to impose a non-custodial sentence. He was fined $100 plus a $5.00 cost of court to be paid by August 14, 2017 in default of one month imprisonment. He was fined the same amount for the obstruction offense with the same due date and default imprisonment.