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May 12, 2015

Magistrate Cayetano Dismisses Marijuana Possession Charge Against Inmate

Godwin Santos

At three this afternoon, former Belize City Magistrate, Dale Cayetano, who is now the Director at Family court, freed prison inmate, Godwin Santos, of a charge of drug trafficking. Cayetano gave Santos the benefit of the doubt that he had no knowledge that one hundred and seventy seven grams of weed were inside a pair of boots he was wearing on November fourth, 2013 while he was at Belmopan Police Station.  Santos told the court that he had been given the boots earlier that day by another inmate. He called one witness; convicted prisoner, Donicio Salazar who was his cellmate when the weed was found. Salazar testified that he saw when Santos was given the boots.  Cayetano dismissed the charge against Santos saying that the inmate had no knowledge of the weed. Santos, who is on remand for murder, had been transported from the Supreme Court in Belmopan to the Belmopan Police Station for his court adjournment when the weed was found.

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