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12 men accused of involvement in drug plane landing in Bladen return to court

Posted: Monday, January 29, 2024. 9:38 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A trial date has been set for twelve men from various parts of Belize to be tried on several offenses in connection to an alleged drug plane landing that occurred in November 2021.

Armando Martinez, 43; Moises Adan Perez, 33; Juan Esparza Sanchez, 49; Heinrich Redecop, 39; Johan Wall, 45; Fredy Orlando Gongora, 38; Adonis Campos, 28; Efrain Cano, 37; and former police officers Delwin Casimiro, 36; Nelson Middleton, 28; George Ferguson, 37; and Elmer Nah, 40, are charged jointly with two counts of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply, one count of conspiracy to land a plane at an unlicensed aerodrome and one count of abetment of the importation of a controlled drug. They are jointly accused of being in possession of 58.78 kilograms of cocaine and 763.68 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of supplying it to another person or persons for drug trafficking.

The trial was scheduled to begin today, but it was adjourned for February 5 to 20 in order to complete a case management conference against interdicted Corporal of Police Ferguson, who is separately charged with possession of prohibited ammunition; keeping ammunition without a gun license, and possession of a prohibited firearm.

Head of Prosecution Branch Alifa Elrington will 60 witnesses for the ‘Bladen 12’ trial. It is expected evidence will be given for 15 days and the trial will conclude by June.

Ferguson is represented by Richard “Dickie” Bradley in both his case and that of the Bladen 12, while Oscar Selgado, Leeroy Banner, and Lyndon Jones represent the other 11 defendants.

 

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