High Speed Chase Leads to Bust of 2.5 Kilos of Marijuana Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Mason Patnett and Ryan TillettMason Patnett, 26, of Vista Del Mar and 32-year-old parolee Ryan Tillett of Ladyville Village appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 23rd,to answer to a charge of drug trafficking.
According to police report, on Saturday, September 21st, officers were conducting a vehicle checkpoint at the entrance to La Democracia at Mile 31 on the George Price Highway when a vehicle with two men inside drove through the checkpoint without stopping. A mobile unit assigned to the checkpoint set chase after them. Officers report that one person exited the vehicle near mile 23 and threw a black plastic bag into the bushes. The individual then got back into the vehicle and the driver drove off.

Police were able to catch up with the vehicle at Mile 15 on the George Price Highway. The two men were arrested and taken to Mile 23 where the object was thrown. There police found a black plastic bag which contained green leafy like substance suspected to be marijuana. The men were taken to the police station where the marijuana was weighed and amounted to 2,545 grams. The men were identified as 26-year Mason Patnett and 32-year-old Ryan Tillett. Both were charged with the offense of drug trafficking.

The duo appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith on Monday, September 23rd. Both were unrepresented and plead not guilty to the charge. Sgt. Egbert Castillo objected to bail on several grounds. In the case of Patnett, Castillo objected since he is a repeat offender with as many as two pending drug trafficking case before the court. Patnett also has a number of cases pending before the court, including charges for escape and attempted murder. Chief Magistrate Smith upheld the objection and denied bail for Patnett. Tillett, who is a parolee, was offered bail in the sum of $1,000 plus one surety of the same amount. Both are due back in court on November 14th.