Spared jail time for drug trafficking

His house was searched while was not home, but 33 year old Wallace Rubio, an unemployed man of Hattieville, Belize District, admitted to possession of 10 pounds of cannabis with the intent to distribute, which is drug trafficking.

On Thursday, Wallace Rubio pleaded guilty before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer, changing his original plea, and asked the court to be lenient. The Senior Magistrate chose to spare Mr Rubio from the custodial sentence of 3 years common to these cases and handed down a fine of $10,000 to be paid by March 31 of 2015, in default three years in prison.

On May 7, 2012, at around 12:45 p.m., members of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) went to Wallace Rubio’s residence at Mile 17 1/2 on the George Price Highway, to execute a search warrant. Nobody was at home when they arrived, so they went for a Justice of the Peace and returned to the small Plycem structure standing about 3 feet off the ground. They executed the search in the presence of the J.P. and found the cannabis in a carton barrel, inside a separate transparent plastic bag and beige sack respectively. When weighed, the cannabis amounted to 4.54 kilograms or 10 pounds.

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