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Feb 8, 2016

Ladyville Police Make Significant Marijuana Bust on Passenger Bus

Orbin Reyes

Honduran national, Orbin Reyes, who is an off and on resident of Orange Walk Town, claims he was used as a mule to transport over fifteen pounds of weed into Belize City and was paid a pittance. The twenty-five year old was detained on Saturday morning in a sting operation between miles eight and nine on the George Price Highway with a knapsack containing fifteen compressed packages of cannabis while on a Tillett’s bus. Weighing a total of sixteen point five pounds, the Mexican weed is valued close to fifty thousand dollars.  Police told the media today that Reyes was being monitored for some time.

 

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“On Saturday, we had an antidrug operation in the Ladyville area where we intercepted one Orbin Reyes who was bringing sixteen point five pounds of wajaka cannabis from Orange Walk to Ladyville. We observed him alight the bust where we went in and made the arrest, found him with the knapsack containing the said cannabis.”

 

Reporter

“Start from the beginning sir, when the information which led to this operation. Apparently this was a sting operation.”

 

Edward Broaster

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“It was not a sting. It was a targeted led intelligence operation. We’ve been observing Mister Reyes for a while in other criminal activity.”

 

Reporter

“Where do you believe this drug came from?”

 

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“The drugs we believe came from Mexico and was heading to Honduras. We have been observing him for quite a period of time. I will not go into the details.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, is it believed that he was tasked to transport the drugs; that there are other persons involved in this?”

 

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“While we believe that he was transporting the drugs to Honduras, yes there are other people involved in the trafficking of the marijuana, yes.”

 

Reporter

“Is he an intermediary or a big-time player in this trafficking of marijuana?”

 

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“We do not know the scope of his involvement in Honduras. Nevertheless, we know that he came this way and acquired the marijuana. Our surveillance team really were on top of him. There was no way he could have denied not having in possession the cannabis because of the newly acquired RED ICE that we have, the Rural Eastern Division Integrated Communication Equipment, our officers were able to video him coming off the bus with the bag in hand. We know that he is involved in linkage with the gangs in Honduras; as to the links in Orange Walk…there are links in Orange Walk as well. Whether or not he has links in Mexico, we are not sure of that.”

 

In court before Magistrate Deborah Rogers, Reyes pleaded guilty, saying he was framed by a person from Orange Walk Town, who promised him a hundred dollars and a ride back to Orange Walk in a private vehicle. According to Reyes he was told that on exiting the bus, a suitcase would be provided to him. But the Magistrate warned him not to divulge further information because he could get in more trouble with the law. With that, he was sentenced to three years in jail.

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