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Prison Officer Caught Smuggling Weed inside Central Prison Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

ajani smith.jpg - 54.31 KbPrison Officer of the Belize Central Prison, Ajani Smith Sr., was convicted of drug trafficking on Monday May 19th.

According to Hattieville police, they received a call from the Belize Central Prison on August 25th, 2013. When they arrived at the prison, was turned over to them by prison officials. They explained that Smith had complained to his superior officer that he was not feeling well and he wanted to visit the medic center on the compound. He was given permission to go ahead and do so. On his way to the medic center, Prison Officer Silvino Cal conducted a search on Smith. During the search, Cal found a black plastic bag strapped to his right leg inside his pants. Inside the black bag were two other bags. Those bags were opened and they contained what proved to be cannabis. The drug was weighed at the police station and amounted to a total of 54.6 grams. Smith was arrested and charged with drug possession and drug trafficking. 

Initially, Smith pleaded not guilty to the offense and was out on bail. On Monday he changed his plea to guilty and threw himself at the mercy of the court during mitigation. He told the court that he is a father and the sole provider for his family. Smith says he also has another baby on the way and cannot afford to go to jail. Magistrate Dale Cayetano considered the mitigation plea made by Smith and imposed the minimum mandatory sentence which is a fine of $10,000. Cayetano ordered Smith to pay the fine by October 31st, 2014 or serve 3 years imprisonment in default.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:01