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Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021. 9:25 am CST.

By Anita Nembhard-Flowers (Court Reporter): A Belize City car dealer was charged for drug trafficking this week, despite his employee claiming ownership of the drugs.

Police arrested Malcolm Robateau, 27, his girlfriend Jasmine Swan, 25, and his maintenance worker Aaron Brown, 24 over 1.1 kilos of marijuana found at Robateau’s home during a search on February 6.

The trio was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where Brown pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply to another. Brown told the court that he had hidden the drugs in Robateau’s fence without informing him. In response, the prosecution dropped the charge against Swan but maintained the charge against Robateau.

Police prosecutor Sgt. Christopher Smith informed the court that he had to get the directive from his superiors to drop the charges but after several hours that directive had not been given so the court offered Robateau bail in the sum of $2,000 plus one surety of the same. He is scheduled to return to court on April 9, 2021.

Meanwhile, Brown, who was on his third conviction for drug-related offenses, escaped jail time and was fined $3,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he was ordered to pay by August 1, 2021, in default, he would spend seven months in prison. 

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