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Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2023. 8:12 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News: A Belize City man who was busted with 16 pounds of weed in 2020 was lucky to be spared any jail time in court today and instead got off with a steep fine.

Dale Ivan Saragoza, 35, of a mile 2.5 address on the George Price Highway changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ in court today on the advice of his attorney Oscar Selgado. He was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another, essentially drug trafficking.

Being a first-time offender and in pleading guilty and sparing the court a long trial, the Magistrate imposed a non-custodial sentence and refrained from imposing the maximum fine of $10,000. He was instead given a fine of $7,500 plus $5 cost of court.

He has until December 29 to pay, in default, 15 months in prison.

On May 15, 2020, during a search at his home, police found 7,350 grams of cannabis under the bed of an unused room in his home.

 

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