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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Floyd Anthony and Orel LeslieOn Tuesday April 9th, three prisoners on remand waiting trials on separate charges were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court for joint possession of marijuana found inside a locker at the remand section of their cell area at the Kolbe Foundation located at the Hattieville Prison. The three are 24-year-old Orel Leslie, a resident of Linda Vista area, Belize City; 41-year-old Floyd Anthony, an Esperanza Village resident, and Emmanuel Westby, who was not removed from prison so was not arraigned in court.

The three were jointly charged with one count of drug trafficking for allegedly having in their possession, 220 grams of cannabis. Leslie and Anthony were additionally charged with another count of drug trafficking for having in their possession, 2 grams of cannabis. Leslie and Anthony were also charged with another charge of drug trafficking for allegedly having in their possession, another 323 grams of cannabis.

In court, Leslie pleaded not guilty to all charges while Anthony pleaded not guilty to the 220 grams and the 323 grams but asked the magistrate to allow him to plead guilty to the 2 grams because he claimed the 2 grams was found inside his cell but the others were not found there.

After giving his explanation, Magistrate Dale Cayetano entered a not guilty plea for Anthony who wanted to plead guilty.

No bail was offered to either Leslie or Anthony despite the fact that Anthony is only on remand for another drug trafficking case which qualified him to be eligible for bail.

According to police, the bust occurred on Saturday, April 6, 2013 inside the remand section of the prison where all three men share a cell.

A search was conducted where the weed was found inside a locker.

Leslie is on remand for the Friday, November 23, 2012 murder of Ex-BDF, James Noralez who was gunned down and shot multiple times at the corner of Faber’s Road and the George Price Highway.

Leslie and 27-year-old Brandon Baptist along with 19-year-old Tyrone Meighan were charged jointly with Noralez’s murder and are presently on remand. Anthony is presently on remand for drug trafficking while Westby is on remand for a separate murder.

Westby was arraigned in court on Wednesday.

Leslie and Anthony are due back in Court #4 on May 31, 2013 where Anthony was informed that bail will be considered on his behalf.

Leslie and Westby are not eligible for bail consideration since they are on remand for murder, a crime for which no bail can be offered.