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Dec 2, 2016

Brian Brown escapes G.S.U.’s reach in 2012 house raid case

Brian Brown

It made headlines in 2012 when alleged George Street gang figure, Brian Brown, was the target of a raid by the Gang Suppression Unit at a residence identified as his on Jimmy Dyer Avenue in the Fabers Road section of Port Loyola. But in court today, forty year old Brown was cleared of a total of eight charges – multiple counts of drug possession and possession of an unregistered bullet proof vest under the Firearms Act, for the items found at that premises. Brown insisted from day one that he was not at the premises during the search and that it was never in his control or ownership. The Magistrate hearing the case was sufficiently convinced to drop all charges. It brings to an end a four-year journey for Brown, as correspondent Aaron Humes reports.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

Members of the Gang Suppression Unit, on May sixteenth, 2012, searched number 7476 Jimmy Dyer Avenue shortly before six in the morning and recovered a large quantity of retailed crack, cannabis and powder cocaine stowed in the bathroom, kitchen and veranda. Various denominations of both U.S. and Belize currencies totalling seven thousand, six hundred and six Belize dollars were also found stashed inside the two storey wooden structure.   The search also yielded a bulletproof vest, a pair of handcuffs, a government license plate, two homemade balaclavas, one with bloodstains visible around the eyeholes, digital scales, a modified bong and gold jewelry, including a belt buckle emblazoned with the George Street insignia. Interestingly while a holster for a revolver was discovered there were no weapons or ammunition found on the property. While he was not present for the search, forty year old Brian Brown, who had ties to the George Street Gang, was charged with seven counts of drug possession and possession of the vest under the Firearms Act, after turning himself in following several days on the run. It took just shy of four years to begin trial on April eighth, 2016, with Brown represented by Dickie Bradley and Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold. Court reports say there were a number of adjournments during trial, the last coming on September nineteenth. Brown had suffered severe burns in the intervening period between his arrest and trial and the adjournments were requested by his attorneys to tend to his medical condition. However, Brown participated at trial and confirmed in his own defense that he was not at the residence at the time. He said never lived at that address, did not control it and had nothing to do with it. Magistrate Mendoza, in making his ruling today, said that Brown’s absence during the G.S.U.’s search brought doubt to him as to whether it was legal, and that alternatively, the G.S.U. could have done a sting operation to ensure that no one lived at the address except for Brown, whose expired passport and birth certificate were also found. With that, the Magistrate had no choice but to set Brown free. Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

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1 Response for “Brian Brown escapes G.S.U.’s reach in 2012 house raid case”

  1. Mike G. says:

    And once again the BPD proves their ineptness. And what is the convict rate now? What a joke.

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