Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2021. 9:47 am CST.
By BBN Staff: In December 2020, 7 of 8 men who were charged with drug-related offenses saw their charges withdrawn. These 7 persons were set free.
The men were detained in relation to an alleged drug plane that had landed on the coastal road in September of 2019. A shootout had ensued between authorities and the accused.
However, Mexican pilot, Miguel Mesenguer, 71, was left to stand trial for drug trafficking offenses.
Mesenguer didn’t make it to court in December since he had tested positive for COVID-19. His case was held virtually and he listened from a prison cell.
At the time, Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford addressed Mesenguer via phone as a translator explained to him the next court proceeding in his matter.
Mesenguer was told that his case will go to trial on March 22.
In court, he was represented by Attorney, Anthony Sylvester.
Those accused that were set free on December 3 are Ecuadoran co-pilot, Juan Pablo Larrea Cruz,44, and 6 Hondurans identified as Terencio Mejia Cruz, Jacabi Yodani Mejia Garcia, Carlos Humberto Henriquez Gomez, David Noe Orellana Discua, Allan Yovani Mejia Chirinos and Norlan Jose Carrasco Lopez.
A directive from the DPP’s office informed the court to withdraw all charges against the men.
The men were then ordered to pay a fine and an order to leave was granted.
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