Prison Officer and Three Others Convicted on Separate Drug Trafficking Cases Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 00:00

On Monday April 2nd, four person were convicted in the Belize City Magistrates’ Court on separate drug related offenses. Three of them were for drug trafficking while a tour guide pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession.

In the first case, 37-year-old Delroy Barrow and 36-year-old Carolyn Garoy appeared before  Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, where they were found guilty of drug trafficking. They had been found with 50 grams of crack cocaine which was stashed in a black plastic bag. in a black sock, which was thrown out a window by one of them when police executed a search warrant on June 25, 2011.

  Both defendants, who were unrepresented, claimed that the sock, which contained the white substance, was not theirs as police found it in their neighbor’s yard and not their yard. However, the Chief Magistrate was not convinced. The Chief Magistrate told them that she believed both defendants had knowledge and control of the sock and its contents that was seen thrown out of their room window and that’s why she found them both guilty of drug trafficking.

    In proving the charge, the court prosecutor called two police officers. PC George Ferguson. Ferguson testified that on the 25th of June, 2011, he stood watch as police went to the lower flat of a two-storey house located at #4A Haynes Street. There, he saw someone throw a black sock through a bedroom window.

Both Barrow and Garoy are first time offenders so they were imposed a non-custodial sentence, a fine of $10,000 each plus a $5.00 cost of court.  Both were ordered to pay $2,000 forthwith and the balance by January 2013 or in default 3 years imprisonment.

   Just prior to the couple’s conviction, a interdicted Prison Officer, who was caught trying to smuggle weed inside the Kolbe Foundation was also guilty also of drug trafficking.

32-year-old Dean Crawford who worked as a prison officer on October 2, 2011 attempted to pass two bags of weed that were stashed inside the sole of his work shoes. While he was passing the prison’s security check point however, a piece of weed fell out of his jacket and that led police to conduct a thorough search of him leading to the discovery of the marijuana in his soles.

In court Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith found him guilty of the charge of drug trafficking.He was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $3,000 forthwith in default of this payment, 6 months in prison.  He was ordered to pay the balance of $7,000 by January 2013 or in default an additional two years behind bars.

The third drug related case was that of tour guide, 27-year-old Ronald Rivers of Antelope Street.

Rivers appeared in Court #5 before Magistrate Hettie-Mae Stuart where he was charged with a single count of drug trafficking.  This was after he was found in possession of 101 grams of cannabis on Saturday, March 31 in front of his home on Antelope Street Extension.

Rivers pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking but guilty to possession.  After checks were made with the DPP, his guilty plea was accepted and he was fined $2,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he must pay by May 15, 2012 or in default 2 years imprisonment.

On Saturday, March 31, at about 1:30 p.m., officers of the Anti-Drug Unit conducted a search of Rivers where he was standing on Antelope Street Extension.  During the search, they found a black plastic bag in his back pants pocket which contained a green leafy-like substance.