Fine for amputee accused over cannabis

Last Friday Alton White, aged 50, a taxi driver and food vendor, was successfully able to reduce a charge of drug trafficking against himself and common-law wife Idolly Fraser to drug possession.

He says that the 119 grams of cannabis found by members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) at his home in the Conch Shell Bay area of Belize City, on September 3, 2013, was not for sale, but for medicinal purposes: he uses it to alleviate the pain he suffers in his amputated right leg on which he walks with the aid of a prosthetic leg.

On Tuesday, he was let go with a fine of $1,500 due by next June 30, 2015. Magistrate Herbert Panton stipulated that if he defaults on payment he will serve 3 years, the same sentence if he had defaulted  on a payment of $10,000, which is the fine for drug trafficking.

Alton White got prominent member of the GSU, Constable Elmer Nah, to admit in court that he was not known to be a drug trafficker, or in contact with anyone to sell marijuana.

Idolly Fraser was charged jointly with him, but the charge was withdrawn from her.

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