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Caught again with drug paraphernalia, mother of twin babies enrolled in prison rehabilitation program

Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2024. 10:12 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: She had hoped to avoid attending the Belize Central Prison entirely, but 32-year-old Leeanne Samuels, also known as Leeanne Samos, will spend two months in the rehabilitation program sponsored by the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) in Hattieville after pleading guilty to possession of a crack pipe and mischievous act.

Samuels, of Burrell Boom, Belize District, is a mother of twins aged 16 months but cried in court when she learned she would be further away from them, as they are currently in the custody of the Department of Human Services in the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs.

Samuels pleaded guilty before Chief Magistrate Jayani Wegodapola to possession of a metal pipe as utensil for consumption of controlled drugs, specifically crack cocaine, on January 2, as well as committing a mischievous act by falsely telling officers that her name was Monique Zaragoza of Pescador Drive, San Pedro Town.

Samuels has four previous convictions for drug-related offenses under the name Leeanne Samos and owes the court $510. The prosecutor said another fine would not be appropriate as it is clear she has an addiction problem.

In her defense, she said that she was trying to change her life and if she is jailed, her limited visitation rights might be lost for good. Today, Thursday, was her scheduled visitation day with her twins.

In addition to the fines she owes as Samuels, she owes another $510 in the name of Leeanne Samos which is due by March 31, 2024.


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