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May 4, 2012

Marijuana and crack in cab, but you pay for ride in Court

Jervis Valencia

Twenty-nine year old Jervis Valencia, a well-known Belize City street figure, was found guilty of drug trafficking on Thursday evening inside the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith.  Valencia, a resident of Mayflower Street, was on trial along with Douglas Gill following the discovery of marijuana and crack cocaine during the search of a vehicle on Ebony Street on May twenty sixth of last year.  Both Valencia and Gill were seated in the front passenger seat and driver’s seat, respectively.  The search initially yielded a black plastic bag containing ninety-four point six grams of cannabis.  Upon further inspection, police turned up a separate plastic bag filled with three grams of suspected crack cocaine.  In court on Thursday, Gill was acquitted of the charges since his attorney, Ellis Arnold, was able to prove that he was the owner of the cab that Valencia had caught.  Valencia, on the other hand, appeared unrepresented and wasn’t as fortunate after choosing to remain silent during the trial.  He was fined a maximum of ten thousand dollars. Since Valencia was a first time offender, a prison sentence was not imposed.  Nonetheless, the Chief Magistrate ordered Valencia to pay three thousand dollars immediately.  Because he was unable to pay the fine at the close of the business day, he was escorted to the Belize Central Prison where he began serving an eight-month sentence.

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1 Response for “Marijuana and crack in cab, but you pay for ride in Court”

  1. OUTSPOKEN! says:

    Well it’s about time these recidivists get taken off the streets. It’s the same set of career criminals committing crimes over and over again; yet, the incompetent, corrupted judicial system of Belize slap these people on the wrist and before you realize, they’re back on the streets again terrorizing hard-working people or corrupting poor neighbourhoods with drugs; after their vacations at Hattieville hotel. The government, the courts, the prison and the police have shamefully failed the people and country of Belize, and we’re stuck in colonial times while the rest of the world moves on. SMMFH!!!

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