Men sentenced for trafficking 50 pounds of weed

In the Magistrate’s Court today, two Belize City men were condemned to a heavy fine and prison time for trafficking over fifty pounds of vlcsnap-7765-05-31-05h46m50s090cannabis found inside a Dodge Caravan at the police George Price Highway checkpoint at Mile 4 on May 11, 2013, two years ago. Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer found 41 year old taxi vlcsnap-1569-05-10-03h47m14s965driver, Walter Beaton, and 38 year old fisherman, Kirk Dougal guilty of drug trafficking with intent to supply to another person. Walter Beaton was given 3 years’ imprisonment plus the mandatory minimum fine of $10,000; while Dougal, who has more than one conviction for drug related offenses, was slapped with a 4 years prison term plus a $10,000 fine. Dougal is a repeat offender and had as many as 14 matters for drug related offenses. Both men say they are the only providers for their families. Around 8:40 p.m. on May 11, 2013, Constable Rueben Ixim was working at the checkpoint when a Dodge Caravan vehicle, driven at the time by Beaton who was joined by Dougal, drove up. Acting upon information previously received, Ixim searched the vehicle, and found a bag behind the back passenger seat containing the drugs. But at trial, both men denied having knowledge of the weed being there. According to Dougal he was only hitch hiking a ride. However, Senior Magistrate Fraser did not believe either of the men and found them guilty. Both men must pay the fine by April 30, 2016, in default an additional 3 years’ imprisonment.

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