Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Why did 20 year old Maverick Akeem Forbes feel the need to commit a crime to get a police record which costs no more than $15.00 at the Belize City Racoon Street Police Station?
In the Magistrate’s Court today Forbes admitted that he had a 14-gram stash of marijuana hidden on him which he said he was planning to sell to get the money he needed to purchase the document, which is important for anyone seeking a job and takes between four and six weeks to get.
Police found the Hunter’s Lane resident acting suspiciously while wearing a hooded jacket on Tuesday on New Road.
The officers searched him and found a black plastic bag tucked in his underwear which contained 8 loose single parcels.
Forbes pleaded guilty before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who told him that he could have been charged with drug trafficking because he was admitting to selling the drug.
The Magistrate found his reasons, in her words, “ridiculous and ironic”, but she was not willing to sentence him immediately. She decided instead to remand him for seven days to meditate on his actions and show her why he should not be committed for a long term.
While drug trafficking carries a heavy mandatory sentence of $10,000 in fines and no less than three years in prison, drug possession is usually a non-custodial offence except where the accused has been before the court repeatedly.