Guatemalan Convict Tries to Smuggle Ammunition into Prison Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

David Lopez24-year-old Guatemalan convict, David Lopez, was busted when he attempted to smuggle seven live rounds of .25 caliber ammunition into the Belize Central Prison on Thursday, April 4th.

Lopez was just recently convicted for another offense in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court and was sentenced to serve 5 years in prison. According to reports, it was during a mandatory search at the Belize Central Prison that officers found the seven live rounds of .25 ammunition in a piece of green cloth he had in his bag. He was charged for the offense of keeping ammunition without a gun license and appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Friday, April 5, to answer to the charge. Lopez appeared unrepresented and pleaded guilty to the offense. In mitigation plea he told the Chief Magistrate that he was forced by a man to carry the ammunition. Chief Magistrate Smith sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment for the offense. Lopez, who is a farmer originally from Palencia Peten in Guatemala, now has to serve 10 years in prison.