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Jan 14, 2015

Four Charged for Heroin Bust

Four men were arraigned this morning in the Orange Walk Magistrate Court for drug possession and trafficking of forty pounds of heroin, worth ten million dollars. It follows a huge bust by the Anti-Drug Unit of the police department in front of a bar at the South End entrance of Corozal Town. There was no magistrate available in the municipality so the four were taken to Orange Walk to be officially charged. This afternoon, they were read the charges for the forty pounds of heroin found in a parked vehicle in front of the bar. It is believed that the anti-drug unit was tipped off that the fifteen parcels of heroin were stashed inside the parked vehicle. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A group of four has been arraigned on charges of drug possession and trafficking, following an operation by the Anti Drug Unit after seven ‘clock on Monday night which turned up more than forty pounds of heroin outside of a bar at the southern entrance of Corozal Town.  They are thirty-two-year-old Jose Antonio Lara, a fisherman of San Pedro, thirty-five-year-old Heider Martin Perez, also of San Pedro Town.  He is an administrative assistant employed at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.  Along with them were thirty-year-old Lennon Leonardo Tillett of College Road, Corozal Town and forty-two-year-old Gerardo Allen from Caye Caulker.  The quartet was busted with a total of fifteen parcels of the addictive narcotic stowed inside several bags on the backseat of a white Chevy Tahoe parked near an establishment outside of Corozal Town.  The quantity of drugs weighed in at a little over nineteen and a half kilograms.

This morning, the men appeared before Magistrate Merlene Moody at the lower court in Orange Walk Town.  In the presence of attorney Arthur Saldivar, they were each read the indictable charges before being remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until February twenty-third.  While disclosure has not yet been granted in the matter, News Five understands that the men may have been set up for the fall.  Unofficially, we also learned that the men claim that they were not traveling together at the time of the raid but were inside the establishment.  On record, the seizure is arguably the largest for heroin in Belize, with a street value estimated to be ten million dollars.  It is believed that the illicit cargo was northbound, Mexico or the United States presumably being its final destination.

While a firearm was also recovered during the sting, the licensed, Springfield brand nine millimeter pistol is registered to Perez.  When the men return for trial in late-February they will be appearing in the Corozal Supreme Court. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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3 Responses for “Four Charged for Heroin Bust”

  1. Islander says:

    Arthur salivar, a next crook. Yet he all over Facebook trying to make every thing a political issue , and he da wa shit himself because of the love for money ! People weh do this kind of shit no deserve not even to be talked about , locked them up and throw away the key!! The poison they bring to our society all for their own greed !! They lucky they never get catch cross a Mexico or Honduras cause they would sorry this countries give life sentences, they must be right in jail trying to memorize all the lies Arthur tell them to say when they go to supreme so they beat the system , which I know they will!! Government should invest more in educating prosecutors so they can beat this lawyers and thigh ten up in this laws and penalties for breaking them!

  2. Islandbwai says:

    Those are the people that brings bad name to our island. Police on the island know these men, they eat, drink together. Hol chan on its own condone its worker working in the north Bacalar chico in drug activities. These drugs are running trough our island everyday. I wish they would have been caught in Mexico because then they will spend real time in jail. Now they will be out very shortly because I know for a fact that our mayor and Minister who is San Pedrano will make higher power not touch these guys. Just a matter of time and the country will see.

  3. Steve D says:

    Jesus Cristo! Skippy & his little friends are getting might ambitious, ain’t they? For this amount of poison, be it heroin, cocaine, pills, or speed, there should be a death penalty!!

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