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Mar 17, 2011

Cops busted near Colombian Cocaine under heavily armed guards

The men implicated in one of the biggest drug seizures ever in the country were taken to court this morning. Four police officers and a Customs boatman were hauled to the Chambers of Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb McKenzie under the protection of heavily armed escorts.  Sergeants Jacinto Roches and Lawrence Humes along with Corporals Renel Grant and Nelson Middleton and Customs boatman Harold Usher, were all charged in connection with the Super King Air Beech Craft plane that landed near the Bladen Reserve on the Southern Highway on November thirteenth, 2010. The officers were discovered nearby in a white van with military fatigues, wet suits, GPS trackers, car batteries and a single bullet. In addition to the charge for the bullet, they were also charged for Abetment of a Crime for the Importation of a Controlled Drug. The courtroom was cleared of all media personnel but one of the three attorneys representing the men, Dickie Bradley said that disclosure must be made to all accused persons no later than the twenty fourth of this month. This would permit a Preliminary Inquiry to be held on the eleventh of April.

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

“We’re saying to the Chief Magistrate that in fact the law is that when the ninety days has expired then the Chief Magistrate or any Magistrate looking at the matter of a person’s liberty will look at new factors. We provided to the courts—and when I say we: Merlene Moody, myself and Ellis Arnold—provided to the Courts what we considered to be an important piece of legal decision from the Supreme Court: that whenever a person is seeking their freedom, the Court is to take into account factors which has always been a part of the land. First one in that case called Carlos Cavesas et al; a decision laid down by Justice Singh many years ago is that: bail is not a privilege, it is a person’s right to get their freedom. And in fact that is further supported by a recent decision coming out of the Supreme Court by Justice Legall in a bail application: that judges and Courts must always bear in mind that the Constitution of Belize guarantees to every person—even foreigners—to every person their freedom. It is not a matter to be taken lightly that you can deprive a person of his freedom. We are seeing in this country and it is a cause for concern to attorneys and members of the bar that increasingly legislation is being passed to create a list of offences for which citizens can’t get bail in the Magistrate Courts. If you have a so call bulletproof vest, you can’t get bail for ninety days, if you have a pen gun, which is not even defined, you can’t get bail, if you have a flare gun, you can’t get bail, if you have ammunition and guns, you can’t have bail.  So this morning, we are saying a person’s freedom, their liberty, is sacrosanct that when you come to Court as a person who is remanded, you have a right to expect that you would be granted their freedom. That matter was argued. The Chief Magistrate is saying she is not in possession of any hard decision coming out of the Supreme Court as to what grounds they used to keep the persons in prison for ninety days. But in her view, the fact that the D.P.P. has sent information that she has all the statements and has the disclosure on her desk this very morning and will make it available and that she can have a preliminary inquiry in this matter for the may session, the Chief Magistrate was of the view that she will set a date for a preliminary inquiry which has been set and that until then, the issue of liberty can then be pursued when that matter arises.”

The drug found near the plane was valued at over one hundred and forty million U.S. dollars; the cargo was believed to be destined for the United States market.

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10 Responses for “Cops busted near Colombian Cocaine under heavily armed guards”

  1. Storm says:

    Pretty talk,lawyer Bradley — but dirty cops are one of the worst threats to freedom and this country.

    If convicted, these men should never see another minute of freedom. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  2. rod says:

    this whole gov. from the pm down is involved in this situation so you will see how all of these men will get a free pass power to the people of belize resign barrow you are worthless impotent and corrupt just resign stop disgraceing the country and people of belize.

  3. rod says:

    dickie you are sick but karma is a b all this drug money you are earning will come back to you so let it be said so let it be written.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    Mr Bradley i also believe that bail is not suppose to be given to someone who is considered a flight risk.

  5. fromafar says:

    Listen here Dick(ie), we all know that if this trash gets bail two things will happen. 1 – they will be assassinated, or 2. dem a go run to !@@@@$!! Come on man…

  6. MyLegacyB4myPeople says:

    And I say that the people of Belize has the right to be safe from any and all criminal activities and that any person or persons caught with or near any such activities and bearing upon themselves or within close proximity of any paraphernalia, accoutrements, tools or weapons which would normally be used in committing such crimes shall be considered guilty by association and shall be held in confinement until such time that they can prove their innocence. Remember, My Legacy B 4 My People.

  7. Justice says:

    I wonder if Dickie can sleep. One day all this will haunt him if it has not yet started.

  8. cindy says:

    Dickey Bradley is a ….. Sorry but belize is the way it is for these corrupted cops. no bail no visit and give them life sentence. so police take note that if you do something bad you will pay like all citizens.

  9. roska says:

    I have never agreed with you Dickie,,,, but this time I will.. on the issue of bail and about govnt making every silly thing (like a bulletproof vest or flare gun) an “unbailable” offence….

    I have a fisherman friend that still keeps his flare gun onboard…. but st times he needs to take it home when his boat is in the boatyard….. does that make him a criminal???? Will he join the UB professor for having a bulletproof vest???

    I agree keep the crooked cops locked up…. but to do that…. dont lock up INNOCENT people who have aright to protect their life….. looks that we have enterred the era of the many good paying for few bad….

    ‘ITS BETTER TO LET 100 GUILTY WALK FREE THAN TO JAIL ONE INNOCENT’….
    those that disagree….. hope someday your are not wrongly locked up….. Time is something NOBODY can pay you back

  10. Disgusted! says:

    DICKIE BRADLEY and ARTHUR SALDIVAR are the epitomy of the scum of the earth but their day of judgement will come before long and I would like to hope they have defense just like the !$#@ing murderers and criminals they represent and get acquittals for so that they can return to the streets and commit more crimes. Besides, I fail to see how this @$$h0le is so effective in getting acquitals when he doesn’t even have a good command of the English language. What a !%$#ing DISGRACEFUL MOCKERY OF JUSTICE!!!!!! BEWARE THE BALANCES AND THE SHADOWS OF DARK ALL YOU ATTORNEYS!!!!!!!!! BEWARE!!!!!!!

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