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Mar 4, 2016

4 Fishermen Arraigned for Possession of Undersized Conchs

Cipriano Flores

On Thursday, we reported on a group of fishermen that was busted with over one thousand undersized conchs.  The men were onboard a vessel which was located south of Belize City when a fisheries patrol boat approached.  A search of the Zamira yielded a large quantity of illegally harvested seafood and today those men were brought before the magistrate’s court to answer charges.  Thirty-one-year-old Freddy Cortez, twenty-one-year-old Yadir Vargas, forty-nine-year-old Cipriano Flores and eighteen-year-old Ricky Teck appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza earlier today where they pleaded not guilty to possession of undersized conch.  They maintain that they were not onboard the vessel when the fisheries officers conducted the search.  Since the men have decided to legally challenge the Fisheries Department, the case will proceed to trial.  Since there was no objection to bail, they were each granted bail in the sum of one thousand, five hundred dollars, plus one surety of the same amount.

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