After spending 15 months in remand, 22 year old Zurisaday Villasenor Mendez, Mexican National who was caught in possession of weapons, ammunitions and controlled drugs at the Northern Border in 2012 is out on bail tonight. That bail hearing occurred last week Friday before Justice Troadio Gonzalez where the DPP's Office objected on the ground that Mendez is a flight risk.
After consideration of all evidence, Justice Gonzalez granted him bail of $75,000 cash on the condition that he must surrender his travel documents and return back to court on February 18th, 2014. Mendez's trial was moved from the Corozal Magistrate's Court to the Belize City Magistrate's Court because of security concerns, but though it has already started, the case is on hold because his attorneys have filed a constitutional motion in the Supreme Court. They are arguing that Mendez's constitutional rights have been violated because he has been on remand for almost 16 months.
That case is still pending. As we reported, on October 30th 2012, Corozal police conducted an operation at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino within the proximity of Santa Elena Border, Corozal District where they found 7 guns, 12 magazines and 144 bullets, an assortment of communication devices and controlled substances.
Villasenor Mendez was the only person detained for that incident and was charged for 1 count of keeping a prohibited firearm, 2 counts of keeping prohibited ammunition, 3 counts of keeping an unlicensed firearm, 4 counts of keeping unlicensed ammunition, 5 counts of drug trafficking, and 6 counts of possession of controlled drugs.