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Police destroy large drug catch Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Under heavy guard, 15 bales of cocaine went up in smoke after the Police Department sought and were granted permission to destroy the large catch of cocaine which they intercepted on Thursday November 1. At the time, police spotted a low flying Cessna single-engine aircraft around 10 miles into the Coastal Road. The plane was attempting to land but did not and only circled three times and left the area southbound.

A joint police and BDF team then made its way into the area and conducted a search where they found a silver  Toyota Prado in some bushes. There were no occupants in the vehicle; however, 15 bales of suspected cocaine were found inside it. It amounted to 440 parcels adding up to 479.15 kilos of suspected cocaine.

At Wednesday’s destruction, the bales were taken to an area outside of Belmopan where each parcel was cut open and tested to prove it was indeed cocaine. These were thereafter tossed into a bonfire which consumed the drugs. The operation lasted some four hours and was completed by one o’ clock in the afternoon.

 
Murderers have sentencing deferred Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

On October 19, 2018, 25-year-old Milton Maza and 43-year-old Eli Avila-Lopez were convicted of the October 2010 double murders of attorney Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria Stuart nee Fernandez. The couple were murdered in their home while their four children, ages 9, 7, 5 and 6-months were at home. The 7-year-old boy woke to hear screaming and little did he know then that it was his parents screaming, having been stabbed in excess of 20 times to their bodies. Maza, one of the accused and now-convicted men, was once employed by the Stuarts.

At their mitigation on Friday, November 9, 2018, the two convicted did not take the stand because, according to attorney Oscar Selgado, they were angered after being wrongfully accused of murder. With that, Justice Colin Williams deferred sentencing until Thursday, November 15, 2018. At their mitigation, no character witnesses were called and attorneys Selgado, on behalf of Maza and Leeroy Banner, on behalf of Avila-Lopez who was not present, submitted that there were not many mitigating factors in Maza and Avila-Lopez’s favour apart from the fact that they were first time offenders with no record for gun related offenses.

The court also heard from the prosecutor for the DPP, Crown Counsel Kileru Awich, who read out three victim impact assessments coming from Orlando Fernando, an attorney in Belize and Richard’s brother, another from his father, Glenville Stuart, and the third from his eldest daughter, who then was 9-years-old, Priya Stuart, now 17. Richard’s father spoke of the fears his grandchildren have of living in Belize and Priya said that she and her three siblings have all drifted apart from each other.

 


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