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Four Hattieville residents granted bail in Northern border drug bust Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

On Friday, April 6, four persons were arrested and charged for the importation of drugs, drug trafficking, and the possession of unlicensed ammunition. These four persons, Blancaneaux Maudel, Michelle Benguche, Kenyon Lewis, and Phylmore King, were charged with these crimes in relation to the incident at the Northern border.

At about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Corozal police intercepted 2 vehicles at the Northern border. The passengers in the vehicles were travelling from Chetumal to Belize when they were intercepted. Searches were conducted in both vehicles and led to the discovery of over 30 kilograms of suspected cannabis as well as 28-380 Aguila rounds of ammunition.

All four persons were arraigned before Supreme Court judge Justice Marilyn Williams. Justice Williams granted them bail in the sum of $25,000 plus one surety of the same in either cash or land document.

At their bail application, their attorney Arthur Saldivar fought to get his four clients a lower bail but Justice Williams told the court that she had to take into consideration that the drugs weighed over 50 pounds and has a street value of $40,000. She also reminded him that the group was found with live rounds of ammunition. With that, the group was given their bail condition to report to the police station and to attend all their court dates in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court.