Screen_Shot_2014-11-24_at_8.32.11_PMOn Friday night vehicle failure led authorities to a big weed bust that landed three men, one of them a police corporal, behind bars. About five forty-five on the evening of Friday November 21st, Customs Personnel on duty at the Belize Northern Border had cleared a red in color Geo Prism vehicle at the checkpoint but shortly after it began experiencing mechanical problems. While still at the checkpoint, the driver, thirty year old Shaun Andrews, a police corporal, lifted the hood of the vehicle and that is when Custom officers saw two parcels wrapped in transparent plastic bags inside.


Andrew Ramirez – OC Corozal


“Corporal Andrew who was the driver apparently lifted up the hood as a result two packages were found inside underneath the hood, the Customs Officer suspect the contents to be Cannabis and as a result I was contacted after which myself and a team of officers went up to the Corozal Northern border where we met Corporal Andrews and the two other individuals, I must say the Corporal Andrews did not resist he realized it was a mistake that it was alleged that he had committed and he cooperated fully with us, the offence of trafficking is not a bail able offence by the police and as such he had to remain with the police here in Corozal throughout the weekend.”


The other two accompanying Andrews were twenty-five year old Brandon Casey, a Belizean Construction worker of Camalote Village in the Cayo District and twenty-six year old Dwayne Zuniga, unemployed Belizean of Corozal Town. The parcels were weighed and contained 536 grams and 1034 grams of cannabis respectively. Altogether, the drug weighed in at about three and a half pounds.  This morning all three men were arraigned in front of magistrate Hurl Hamilton.


Andrew Ramirez - OC Corozal


“They went to court this morning, the three of them where all of them plead not guilty and the magistrate offer them bail in the sum of three thousand dollars and that matter has been adjourned until the 30th of January 2015.”

 

Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Now within the police department what actions will be taken against him?”


Andrew Ramirez - OC Corozal


“Yes thanks but what happened as police officers we are guided by discipline; the police act Chapter 138 it outlines a number of offences so despite he is being charges what we refer to as a criminal matter he also committed a breach of discipline so that is another angle that we will ensure that he gets a disciplinary charge or two depending of the offences that has been disclose but that is the process.”


As mention by Ramirez all three men are scheduled to return to court in January of 2015.

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