Tourist busted with Crystal Meth Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:00

David HiggingsOn Monday, May 8th, an American tourist appeared in Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges of drug possession.

The tourist, David Michael Higgins, 44, entered Belize on an American Airlines flight 2145 with marijuana and Methamphetamine in his possession on Saturday May 3rd. An officer posted at the PGIA in Ladyville reported seeing a male person of Caucasian descent getting off an American Airline flight from Dallas, Texas, USA. The passenger was behaving suspiciously and as a result, the police officer approached Higgins, who was at the time in the presence of a Customs Officer.  The officer approached the area and informed the Customs Officer that he needed to conduct a search on Higgins. He was then escorted by the Customs Officer to the Special Branch office at the PGIA where a search was conducted on him. Police found two small transparent plastic bags that were wrapped up in tissue inside his right front pocket. The bags contained what appeared to be methamphetamine and marijuana. 

Higgins appeared in Magistrate’s Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to possession of .6 grams of cannabis. Due to the fact that the court requested drug certification to confirm the presence of the Class B drug, his case was adjourned for Tuesday. The results came back from the National Forensic Service and it concluded that they detected the presence of methamphetamine and that confirmatory analysis was pending.   Higgins appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith on Tuesday where he maintained his guilty plea and she fined him $1,000, which he was ordered to pay forthwith or in default 2 months imprisonment.