Monday, November 3, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Despite attempts by at least one person to plead guilty, nine residents of Belize City are accused of drug trafficking for 81.6 grams of cannabis.
Police searching the residence of 65 year old Arthur Smith on Gentle Avenue on November 1 found the cannabis in Smith’s boxers shorts.
He along with 19 year old Tarique Grant, 28 year old Patricia Grant, 19 year old Aaron Cruz, 20 year old Michael Graham, 22 year old Jason Gentle, 51 year old Austin Grant, 32 year old Steve Lucas and a 15 year old male minor, were read charges before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.
Smith, who had to be helped into court on crutches because he was crippled by an accident, wanted to plead guilty to possession of a controlled drug.
He told Senior Magistrate Fraser that was crippled by an injury to his spinal cord and he smokes cannabis to help ease the pain.
Senior Magistrate Fraser explained to him that the Director of Public Prosecution has to make that decision and the prosecutor needs time to consult the DPP.
She entered a not guilty plea for Smith.
Senior Magistrate Fraser offered each of them bail in the sum of $3,000 and she adjourned their case until December 19.
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