Murder suspect on remand busted with weed in prison

Prison inmate 40-year-old Oliver Peters is on remand at the Belize Central Prison awaiting his Preliminary Inquiry for a murder, but while waiting, he picked up a new charge while behind bars. Police say that on Sunday, February 11, while inside the Belize Central Prison,  they found Peters in possession of 10 grams of weed.  While 10 grams has been decriminalized, it does not apply to prisoners and so Peters was read a single charge of drug trafficking with intent to supply.   In court, he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded into custody until May 7, 2018.   Hattieville police handed over Peters after prison authorities said they conducted a routine check inside his cell at the prison which led to the discovery of 6 small parcels of weed inside a slippers belonging to him and 3 other parcels inside a food item he was eating.   In March of 2014, Oliver Peters was charged with the  attempted murder of his uncle, Thomas Ferguson Senior who was stabbed.  Ferguson later died from those injuries and so the charges were upgraded to murder.    Allegations are that Peter and his uncle were engaged in a bitter land dispute which led to the uncle being stabbed in the chest.

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