Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2019. 8:31 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Marcus Cruz, 21, a fisherman of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, was fortunate not to get a custodial sentence when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford and pleaded guilty to keeping ammunition without a gun license.
Because it was his first offense and he had saved the court time by pleading guilty, Cruz was fined $500 plus $5 court cost. He was given until February 28, 2020, to pay. If he defaults on payment he will serve 5 months.
The incident occurred at about 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 28. The police reported that they were on mobile patrol in Lindo’s Alley in Belize City when their attention was drawn to Cruz who was standing on the verandah of a house. They informed Cruz that he would be searched for firearm and ammunition and the search resulted in the discovery of one S and B 9-millimeter caliber ammunition in the top compartment of a purple transport bag he was carrying.
Cruz was unable to produce a license for having the bullet, so he was arrested and charged. In court, Cruz said he found the bullet and he had in his bag for 2 weeks.
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