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Ladyville man fined over $10,000 for drug offenses

Posted: Saturday, February 13, 2021. 8:52 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Raheem Bowden, 21, escaped prison time yesterday but was fined over $10,000 after he pleaded guilty to three drug offences in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court.

Bowden was initially charged along with three others, including a minor, but accepted ownership of the drugs which included 1.3 grams of crack cocaine, a separate 6.1 grams of crack cocaine, and 30.8 grams of marijuana.

He was fined $4,000 plus $5.00 cost of court for the 1.3 grams of crack cocaine for which he was given until October 30, 2021, to pay or in default spend a year in prison.

He was given a separate fine of $6,000 plus $5.00 cost of court for the 6.1 grams of crack cocaine, for which he has until the end of February 2022, to pay or in default spend five years in jail.

He was additionally fined $300 plus $5.00 cost of court for the 30.8 grams of weed, for which he has until May 30, 2021, to pay or in default spend two months in jail. His fines added up to $10,315.00.

Bowden was given fines instead of a custodial sentence because he had no previous conviction for drug offences and because he pleaded guilty up front instead of wasting the court’s time.

 

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