Today in Court, a trio of Belize City men were charged with aggravated assault and drugs and illegal fishing offences.
According to police, two members of the National Coast Guard reported that they responded to a report of an apparent robbery in an area southeast of Middle Long Caye in the Lighthouse Reef system, 20 miles from Belize City.
Shortly thereafter they saw a skiff matching the description given by the robbery victim. The skiff fled and the Coast Guard officers set chase.
Eventually, the vessel stopped in the water and as the Coast Guard closed in, four shots were fired.
The vessel then tried to make its way back toward Middle Long Caye to outrun the law, but they were reeled in and the men on board apprehended.
Reports are that the group was engaged in stealing seafood catches from fishermen and selling it to outside sources.
The men were charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault. They were remanded without bail until June 13, after pleading not guilty to the charge.
Coast Guard officials found 31 lobster tails and four hawks bill turtle fins and laid charges of illegal possession of products outside of the closed season.
Sedacey pleaded guilty to these charges as well was fined $650 for the lobster tails and $4,000 for the turtle fins, both to be paid by April 30, in default a total of 15 months imprisonment.
The items were turned over to Police who handed them to the Fisheries Department.