Busted with weed on Christmas day Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 January 2018 00:00

Ashley Welch, a 25-year-old Belize City resident was busted with more than 10 grams of cannabis on Christmas day. He was taken to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on December 28, 2017 to answer to a single charge of possession of a controlled drug. Welch appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Michelle Trapp where he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The bust was made on Monday, December 25, 2017 on Mopan Street. According to police reports, a team of officers were conducting a mobile patrol in the area when their attention was drawn to Welch who kept acting suspiciously while he was riding toward the mobile. As a result, the police approached him and conducted a search for illegal drugs and firearm.

In that search, they found four transparent bags containing marijuana in the front pocket of his pants. A further search was conducted which led to the discovery of a sandwich bag which contained 6 other plastic bags with marijuana.

The drugs weighed a total of 55.1 grams, just 4.9 grams short of the amount which carries a charge of drug trafficking rather than possession. Nevertheless, he was fined a total of $1,500 to be paid by March 30, 2018 in default of 2 months’ imprisonment.