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#499916 - 01/14/15 04:08 AM Two island residents arrested in large heroin bust  
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Jose Antonio Lara – Heider Martin Perez – Lenon Leonardo Tillett – Gerardo Allen

Drug Unit Makes Major Bust in Corozal

Tonight, the Anti Drug Unit has charged four Belizeans after officers made a major heroin bust in Corozal town last night. How large? 7News has confirmed that they intercepted more than 40 pounds of the lethal drug - the largest such bust in Belize's history. That quantity of the drug has a street value in the vicinity of 5 million US dollars.

The drugs were found in three bags on the back seat of a white Chevrolet Tahoe with Belize City plates. They added up to 15 parcels of Heroin along with one small piece. The total weight is 19.621 Kilograms or 43 pounds.

Details of the actual circumstances of the bust are sketchy at this time, but 7News has confirmed that the ADU - acting on intelligence, intercepted four persons, who were believed to be northbound to Mexico. They were at a at the entrance to Corozal town. They are 32 year old Jose Antonio Lara a fisherman/Tour guide of Julio Street San Pedro, 30 year old Lenon Leonardo Tillett a BEL contractor of #20 Ebony street Belize City also of College Road Corozal Town 42 year old Gerardo Beraldo Allen, a tour guide of Back street Caye Caulker and 35 year old Heirder Martin Perez an administrative assistant for Hol Chan Marine Reserve of Escalante Subdivision San Pedro Town. Perez is the holder of a licensed 9 mm pistol which was in his possession loaded with 13 live rounds.

This is the second major drug bust for the ADU in the north in 5 months; in August they found 120 pounds of crystal meth - also on the backseat of a car - in Orange Walk Town. That illicit cargo was also believed to be headed north to Mexico.

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Two island residents arrested in large heroin bust in northern Belize

According to multiple reports, the four men are 32-year-old Jose Antonio Lara, fisherman of Julio Street of San Pedro Town; 35-year-old Heider Martin Perez, Accountant of San Pedro Town; 30-year-old Lenon Leonardo Tillett of Belize and 42-year-old Gerardo Allen of Caye Caulker Village. All four men were inside a white 4-door Chevrolet Tahoe with license plate BC-C 41809.

When police stopped and searched the vehicle, authorities found 15 parcels of what appeared to be suspected heroin on the back seat. Multiple reports indicate that the suspected heroin, believed to have been heading to Mexico, amounted to close to 40 pounds, which has an estimated street value of $12 million.

The drug bust is believed to be the largest heroin seizure in northern Belize, and may have originated from Ambergris Caye. The four men remain detained at the Corozal Police Station where they are expected to be charged for drug trafficking.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

#500478 - 01/29/15 12:38 PM Re: Two island residents arrested in large heroin bust [Re: Marty]  
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The four men accused in Belize’s largest heroin bust are out on bail

On January 14th the four were arraigned in the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where they were charged for Drug Trafficking of Heroin. Because the case is indictable, they were remanded to the Hattieville Prison.

However, the attorney for the four men, Arthur Saldivar, submitted an application for bail before the Supreme Court of Belize. Initially Saldivar had difficulty securing bail for the men because he wanted the bail hearing to be done jointly. In addition, the bail application was made before the ten working days after the arrest was made. In court, Judge Gonzalez objected to the omission in the affidavits for what the four men had been charged – drugs trafficking. But once that was ironed out, the bail application was heard with arguments submitted by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP). Following the arguments put before the two sides and despite objection to bail, Judge Gonzalez granted the four men bail on the conditions that they surrender all travel documents and present themselves every Friday before the police in their jurisdiction. They were also instructed to keep away from the witnesses. Justice Gonzalez then set bail in the sum of $50,000, which they were all able to meet.

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#500502 - 01/29/15 07:06 PM Re: Two island residents arrested in large heroin bust [Re: Marty]  
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Very interesting how these men were able to come up with $50,000 (I think that was each) bail if they are NOT drug dealers.

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