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Apr 7, 2014

American national freed of drug charge

John Downard

In December 2013 American national John Downard, a Director and someone who was living in Belize and going back and forth to the United States was busted at the PGIA in possession of what authorities say was a controlled drug.  It turns out the substance was nothing more than hemp seeds which are used for many purposes.  For the alleged offense, Downard was charged with one count each of importation of a controlled substance four hundred and sixty-one grams of hemp seed and one count of distribution of a controlled drug.  His trial began back in February before Magistrate, Leslie Hamilton.  And while it saw a number of adjournments, the trial concluded today with somewhat of an acquittal.  That’s because today, Magistrate, Leslie Hamilton upheld Downard’s attorney’s no case submission and ruled that after he considered whether or not Downard committed any offenses, under the Drugs and Misuse Act, he had to first ask himself whether the defendant had a case to answer to for drug trafficking of cannabis seed.  But in his view, he did not and that’s why he upheld the no case submission and dismissed the charges and set him free.

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4 Responses for “American national freed of drug charge”

  1. Rod says:

    They arrest this man for having seeds but they ignore all the ministers who are committing multiple crimes like selling passports treason thief robbery and they free to roam the country without even getting charged that’s this corrupt pm and gov. At work.

  2. Lowjack says:

    You see, it’s easy to take the money’s man and forget everything
    than fight for what’s right, for justice, everybody has a price
    no matter what, all government people gets more money
    than anyone in belize and still behave like beggars, instead
    change the American, anyone can do the same, broke the law
    and no worried Just pau the right price.

  3. alley cat says:

    There is a distinction between Hemp and Marijuana…

  4. Chad says:

    Hemp and Marijuana are very different. Marijuana is psychoactive (gets a person high). Hemp is not, and does not.

    It’s like the difference between a dog and a wolf.

    No one was bribed here, its just a case where fortunately, logic and reason prevailed over ignorance and fear of something what was misunderstood. Industrial hemp would be a HUGE boon to the People of Belize!

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