Mason Patnett granted Bail of $10,000 in Supreme Court Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00

When Mason Patnett, 25, a resident of  Ladyville, appeared in the Supreme Court, on Thursday July 27th, Justice Hubert Lord granted him bail for charges of drug trafficking, in the sum of ,000 plus a surety of that amount or two sureties of ,000 each.

Attorney, Richard Dickie Bradley had appeared on behalf of Patnett and had submitted in the bail application hearing that Patnett was an innocent passenger, who had hitched a ride to Belize City from Cayo, when the police stopped the vehicle, searched it and found the drugs, in the wheels of the vehicle.

There were no objections in Court and bail of $10,000 was granted to Patnett, who had been initially arraigned in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, on June 4th, 2012, on charges of drug trafficking.

On July 1st, at around 8:10 p.m., police were manning a vehicular checkpoint, on the Western Highway, when they stopped a Jeep Cherokee with two occupants, the driver, Hugo Casteneda, 27, and Patnett.

A search of the tire compartment situated at the rear of the vehicle led to the discovery of a crocus sack containing a large quantity of suspected cannabis.

Both men were searched and police found a combined $2,000 on them, along with 7.26 kilos of cannabis.