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Sep 8, 2011

James AKA “Raindrops” is free Swan as Court drops gun charges

James ‘Raindrops’ Swan is tonight a free man following a brief stint in prison for a weapons-related charge stemming from a search of his family home a little over four months ago.  A pre-dawn raid on the property of the businessman by GSU personnel on April eighteenth netted fifteen thousand dollars in various denominations of Belize and U.S. currencies, as well as a stash of marijuana weighing a hundred and seventy-five grams.  The bust which occurred at his home near mile one on the Northern Highway also yielded an empty cartridge which Swan later argued was incompatible with his licensed nine millimeter handgun.  As a result of the discovery Swan, his son James Jr., his daughter Kristie and daughter-in-law Camille Rodriguez were arrested and charged for illegal possession of the items.  They appeared in court before Magistrate Albert Hoare later that day where Rodriguez pleaded guilty to possessing twelve grams of marijuana while Kristie Swan pleaded not guilty to a single count of drug trafficking.  A similar charge against James Swan Jr. was subsequently withdrawn.  ‘Raindrops’, on the other hand, was charged for possession of the magazine and was remanded to the Central Prison. Today that charge was dismissed due to failure on the part of court prosecutor Sergeant Carol Tucker to provide disclosure.  Swan, according to Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold, was to have been given disclosure at least two weeks prior to his appearance in court this morning.  As a matter of procedure, says Ellis, he should have been made privy to the evidence provided against his client for the matter to proceed to trial.  With that Swan was free to leave the courtroom with his family.

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5 Responses for “James AKA “Raindrops” is free Swan as Court drops gun charges”

  1. Rod says:

    The incompetence of this gov. Is incalculable incredible the world is laughing at the belizean justice system.

  2. DT says:

    What a sham! The country is run by Kleptomaniacs, policed by the cast of the Police Academy films, and the justice system resembles a “Carry On” film, not forgetting Gangs get family days out at public expense instead of their members being locked up in jail (Notice law-abiding citizens and taxpayers weren’t invited to that ‘freebie’?)

    – God Help Belize!

  3. islander says:

    This EXTENDED MAGAZINE gun law has to be the epitome of DUMB laws being passed by DUMB POLITICIANS. Please bear with me on my explanation.

    A guy with say a license for a GLOCK model 17 pistol can legally own and carry the magazines for that pistol which contain 17 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

    A different person with a license for say a GLOCK model 26 can only carry the 10 round magazines that fit flush with the pistol. If this person “who happens to have the same type of gun license” uses a GLOCK magazine which holds 15 or 17 rounds he or she can go to jail. Despite other people being able to legally carry those magazines with the bigger GLOCK pistols.

    THE SADDEST AND DUMBEST part of this extended magazine law is the fact that it falls under PROHIBITED ITEMS. So what that means is that if someone is convicted for an “extended magazine” that person gets a higher more serious jail time than if say someone was convicted of carrying an unlicensed firearm. The difference in law here is between whats “unlicensed and whats prohibited” the latter being a more serious charge.

    The best and legal way of getting around this ridiculously dumb gun law is by carrying a couple of extra magazines that fit flush with your firearm while keeping your ammunition count within what your license allows you to.

    A better approach for the gun ban politicians would be to limit the magazine count to say 17 rounds. That way this law would UNIVERSALLY apply to all license holders despite what type of firearm they choose to carry.

  4. islander says:

    P.S. GUN CONTROL LAWS === MORE CRIME.

    Belize is a perfect case study of that subject, the only persons that have so far been affected by the gun laws are the ones who actually go through the process of obtaining a gun license which is ridiculously difficult.

    If gun control worked, MEXICO would be the safest country on earth, BELIZE and JAMAICA would be second place.

  5. Jenn says:

    Barrow is destroying Belize!! What a shame!! People rise up against him!!

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