Alrick Lamb Pleads Guilty to Gun Possession, Five Others on Remand Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

Officers of the Gang Suppression Unit were conducting mobile patrol on the Phillip Goldson Highway in Belize City on Friday night, January 17th, when at about 10:45 p.m. their attention was drawn to a red Ford F-150 pickup truck with numerous young men inside. The truck turned right off the highway and headed towards the BelCan Bridge. It was then that the driver of the police vehicle put on his lights signaling the truck driver to pull over. The driver complied and stopped on Peter Seco Street where police ordered everyone to exit the vehicle.

Inside the truck were the driver 34-year-old Richard Smith, 29-year-old Everald Gray, 19-year-old Arthur Hill Jr., 18-year-old Jihadul Gill, Alrick Lamb, and Delbert Alvarez. Police searched the men and found nothing incriminating. A subsequent search of the truck led to the discovery of a .45 firearm with seven live rounds and an extended magazine under the driver’s seat, all prohibited in Belize. The six men were arrested and charged with possession of prohibited firearm, ammunition and extended magazine.

They were escorted to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Monday, January 20th, where they appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano to answer to the charges. In court, Alrick Lamb claimed responsibility for the weapon. Mitigation plea was then held on his behalf during which he had nothing to say. Lamb was sentenced to five years for each charge. Magistrate Cayetano ruled that the sentences run concurrently; therefore, Lamb will serve a maximum of five years in prison. In light of that guilty plea, Bryan Neal, attorney for Richard Smith, asked for the charges to be dismissed against his client and the others accused. Prosecutor Sgt. Sanchez informed the court that the prosecution could only dismiss the charges on the directive of the Director of Public Prosecutions which was not given. With that, Magistrate Cayetano ordered that the men be remanded to the Belize Central Prison until their next court date scheduled for March 17th.

Neal is preparing to make bail applications on behalf of the accused men in the Supreme Court.