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#499916 - 01/14/15 04:08 AM Two island residents arrested in large heroin bust  
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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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