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Apr 9, 2014

Mother of 5 fined $10,000 for drug trafficking conviction

Roshawn Higgs

A mother of five children, the youngest only one year old, was today imposed a non-custodial sentence and fined a whopping ten thousand dollars for drug trafficking. The court also ordered that she pay five thousand dollars immediately or serve a jail term. The house of thirty-five year old Roshawn Higgs, a mother and domestic of the King’s Park area, was searched on Tuesday evening by PC Carl Garbutt.  Garbutt claims he found a blue container with three plastic bags of suspected cannabis. Higgs was arrested and escorted to the police station where the suspected weed was weighed and amounted to one hundred and fifty grams. In court this morning, Higgs pleaded guilty to possession and not guilty to drug trafficking. The woman appeared before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith unrepresented and when she pleaded guilty to Possession; she was told that that the charge against her is for drug trafficking to which she then took a guilty plea.   Since she is a first time offender, Chief Magistrate Smith imposed the ten thousand dollar fine. Up until this evening, Higgs had been unable to make the first payment of five thousand dollars which means she will be held in custody.

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6 Responses for “Mother of 5 fined $10,000 for drug trafficking conviction”

  1. MOSES x says:

    Insanity. The marijuana laws in Belize are insane. It must be changed. The judge obviously is not Solomon. Ive seen less harsh sentence for murderers. The poor woman only wanted to feed ih pickney dem. Where is she going to get $10,000. Couldn’t the judge be pragmatic and JUDGEMENT to have mercy on this poor woman and her 5 children.

  2. ege says:

    stupid judge……..i dont smoke weed but the little i know about weed is not bad for the society….whats bad is the freedom that is giving to murderers and rapist that are getting off these serious crimess……sad u get time for a roach weed….real dam dumb on the part of these magistrates

  3. Miss says:

    so sad this is happening , then why Minister Penner cannot be charge for selling of Belize integrity and that is because he gots paid in US currency …as single parent life out there is hard even for a working mom is hard now imagine if you do not have a job ..

  4. ExBelizean says:

    She needs to stop selling weed and start selling passport. There is no jail time for that ask penner and Dean piece of Sh*t Barrow and Rat Face Musa

  5. Legalizet says:

    Let the woman go. Rapist and murderers get off free. She pleaded guilty to possession and not trafficking. It was for herself.

    Get the girl who killed the other girl for her baby instead.

  6. Belizean in Chicago says:

    Now we need to band together and set up a legal defense fund and help get this mother out. I’ll start with $200

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