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Cop accused in weed bust offered Supreme Court bail

Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2020. 12:42 pm CST.

By Anita Nembhard-Flowers (Court Reporter): 35-year-old Police Constable Dion Bellini, accused of possession of cannabis with intent to supply contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act, has been offered bail of 15 thousand dollars from the Supreme Court.

Bellini did not appear in person as he was being transferred from Orange Walk Town Police Station to the Central Prison at Hattieville, and at last report his family was working to meet bail.

Bellini retained veteran attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, who faced limited opposition from Crown Counsel Romy Wade, who asked presiding Justice Herbert Lord to set conditions for granting of bail.

Bellini, originally from Belmopan and working in San Ignacio and a former member of the Gang Suppression Unit, was found on Christmas Eve in Orange Walk Town under a Jeep Cherokee vehicle which contained 38.6 kilos (approximately 85 pounds) of suspected cannabis in parcels in two suitcases. Police say they have been actively following up on the movement of drugs in the North with another bust recorded last week.

Bellini was arraigned on Monday in Orange Walk Town where the Magistrate denied bail under the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Act and remanded him until February 3.

Fortunately, said Bradley, Justice Lord, assigned to the Northern District of the Supreme Court, was available to hear the application in Belize City today, as New Year’s Eve will be half-day for the Court. The Court, curiously, asked for what would be the street value of the drugs if it was sold before setting the bail figure.

Justice Lord set the following conditions: the bail must be with one surety supported by land documents or two cash sureties of $7,500; Bellini must report twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays to the San Ignacio Police Station; must attend all his court adjournments ordered by the lower court until his case is disposed of, and must avoid being arrested.

The officer is under interdiction but has no prior drug-related arrests.


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