Tuesday, July 8, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: An ex-common-law couple, 39 year Jaime Pernillo and 42 year old Martha Alfaro, were both fined $10,000 today by Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser after she found them guilty of drug trafficking for 456 grams of cannabis.
They were given until October 31 to pay.
If they default on payment they will serve 3 years in jail.
The bust occurred on September 15, 2012.
The ex- couple was travelling in a pick-up truck on the Burrell Boom/Hattieville Road when a police vehicle pulled up beside them and retrieved a bag containing the cannabis that was thrown out of the truck.
Pernillo testified and denied that the cannabis belonged to him.
Alfaro also testified and denied that the cannabis were hers. But the police officers who were in the police vehicle testified that they saw the bag of cannabis being thrown from the passenger side of the truck where Alfaro was.
Pernillo said that he asked Alfaro where she got the cannabis from and she told him that she got it from the Belize Zoo.
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