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May 8, 2014

Estrada/Jones family acquitted of firearm charges

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In July last year, the Gang Suppression Unit arrested a family of six and linked them to the discovery of a firearm, ammunition and week found inside a church adjacent to their home on Victoria Street.   At the time, the GSU claimed that the Estrada/Jones family was using the church as a stash house.  That case concluded today and the police could not prove the allegation made against Frank Jones, his wife Lidia Estrada, and their children, Deon, Michael, Richard and Eric Jones. The charges of Kept Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License and Drug Trafficking were dismissed and the six were acquitted by Magistrate Dale Cayetano.  Their attorney, Said Musa, did not even have to put up a defense because the case crumbled miserably.  The main witness for prosecutor, Noel Muschamp, was police constable Timothy Roches; he testified that the firearm found was a point thirty-eight, but the charge sheet detailed the firearm as a point three hundred and eight.  Roches also testified that the items were indeed found in the church and not in the Estrada/Jones house or yard. Having been unable to establish a nexus between the family and items found in the church, the family members were freed of the charges. 

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3 Responses for “Estrada/Jones family acquitted of firearm charges”

  1. No Longer an Expat says:

    Belize has become a dangerous Police state.
    Not even Tourists are safe from the Police or Criminals in Belize.
    Worse than Cuba or North Korea.

    Tourists STAY AWAY from Belize.

    Go to Mexico instead.

  2. leo says:

    how much churches musi wa start get used as stash house nw. criminals always find ways to get away even with the simplest of typing errors on the charge sheet.

  3. Teddy Steinway says:

    This case should never have been prosecuted. Sloppy and unlawful police and prosecution.

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