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“Bladen Eleven” arraigned; bail may be considered later this week

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2021. 1:09 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Four police officers and seven civilians have been charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, abetment in relation to that charge, and conspiracy to land a plane at an aerodrome without permission from the ministry, in relation to the suspected drug plane landed on the Southern Highway near Bladen, Toledo, late Thursday night.

Sergeant George Ferguson, Corporal Elmer Nah, Corporal Delwin Casimiro, Constable Nelson Middleton, Armando Martinez, Moises Perez, Juan Sanchez, Heinrich Redecop, Johan Wall, Fredy Gongora, and Adonis Campos appeared before the Magistrate in Belmopan Monday afternoon.

Additionally charged are Constable Manuel Caliz and his sister, Epifania Caliz, who, over this weekend, were along with Corporal Elmer Nah when they were caught with ammunition.

Attorney Norman Rodriguez, representing Armando Martinez, Moises Adan Perez, and Juan Espinoza Sanchez, told reporters that bail was only offered to Epifania Caliz while the others were remanded. They are allowed to seek bail at the Supreme Court level, perhaps as early as this Friday.

Rodriguez filed a submission for one of his clients, Perez, because of a heart condition confirmed by a doctor’s note, but the magistrate said it was lacking information.

Rodriguez also complained to reporters that police detained his clients and others on Thursday night and failed to charge several of them within the standard 48-hour limit; others, including his clients were charged, then had their charge sheet amended. Additionally, he said he was unable to locate his clients at first and that police run the risk of rights violations by refusing to give information on detained persons.

All will reappear in court on February 8, 2022.

In the case of Corporal Nah, P.C. Caliz and Epifania Caliz, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said they were caught at a checkpoint set up by Independence (Intermediate Southern Formation) police in two separate vehicles. One of the vehicles searched yielded a 9-millimeter pistol and more than 100 rounds of .223 ammunition, more than an officer is allowed to carry on his person.

The group was charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition for this offence.

 

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