Swiss National is charged for drug and immigration offenses Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a 42-year-old retiree of Switzerland appeared unrepresented in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser to answer to a single immigration offense. He is Christian Reis, a frequent visitor of Belize.

The allegations against Reis are that he entered Belize on April 13, 2017 through the Northern Border Station to remain legally until May 12, 2017 but he has since failed to get an extension to his permit. As a result, he has been charged with failure to comply with the conditions of a visitor’s permit.

In court, Reis pled guilty to the charge and was imposed a non-custodial fine of $1,000 plus the $5 cost of court which he was ordered to pay forthwith in default of 6 months’ imprisonment.

Reis was also arrested on October 14, 2017 on a single charge of possession of 1.4 grams of cannabis. The bust was made on Central American Boulevard when a Caucasian male was seen sitting at a bus stop. He was approached and asked to produce his documents. The officers noticed that he was illegally remaining in the country since May.

A search of his luggage led to the discovery of a bottle with the markings “Vitamin C” and “Weed seed.” He was escorted into police custody and the drugs were weighed in his presence. He appeared before Magistrate Michelle Trapp and was fined $150.

Since Reis was unable to pay both fines, the Belize Immigration Department made an application that he be removed from Belize. The request was granted by Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser. Before being sent out, Reid will serve 6 months in prison.