64-year pleads guilty to drug Trafficking Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

Egbert Usher64-year-old Egbert August Usher, a resident of George Street, Belize City appeared in Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, May 28th where he was charged with drug trafficking. He was taken before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, where he was arraigned for having in his possession 121 grams of cannabis. He pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking but guilty to possession; however, he was told that the charge before the court was drug trafficking and not possession so his plea was rejected. He then pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.

In mitigation, Usher begged the court for leniency. He explained to the court that he uses the stem from the marijuana in his alcohol as medication for his prostate cancer. He was unable to prove this medicinal use; however, he was fined 10 thousand dollars plus $5 cost of court. Usher has until November 31st, 2013 to pay, or in default he will spend 3 years in prison. While that was his fine this time around, court records showed that he has an outstanding fine of $1,000 for a previous conviction for drug possession. He was able to pay $500 of that and an extension was given to him to pay the difference by October 30st, 2013

Usher was arrested after police conducted a search at his home at #123 George Street on Saturday, May 25th, at about 7:30 a.m. Upon their arrival, they met Usher and he was shown a search warrant and a search was conducted at his house which led to the discovery of a black plastic bag which contained another bag of cannabis which was inside a ootion bottle that was on top of a dresser in a room.
Further search of the room led police to the discovery of another plastic bag containing cannabis. The search continued which led the officers to a small deodorant bottle, which contained some more cannabis and a fourth container, a glass bottle which contained even more cannabis. The cannabis later added up to 121 grams.