Crime — 09 August 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Four men were busted with ganja in two separate incidents and have been charged with drug trafficking. Three were busted in Corozal, and one in Punta Gorda.

In Corozal police seized 245 grams of marijuana in one incident, and 2 ½ pounds in another, while in Punta Gorda, police seized 117 grams.

In Corozal, James Albert Quan, 25, of Ranchito Village, was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on Friday, August 2, released on a bail of $2,000 and ordered to return to court on Wednesday, October 3.

The other two men, connected to the other incident in Corozal – Orvin Breck and Paul Morgan, both of Ladyville – were taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on Friday, August 2, where they pleaded not guilty to the charges, were granted bail of $4,000 each and were ordered to return to court, also on Wednesday, October 3.

Breck was unable to meet bail, and was remanded.

Police said that at about 2:30 on Friday, they were patrolling on the Philip Goldson Highway in Corozal when they saw a white Toyota Camry with Belize City license plates, in which two men were travelling.

When police approached the car, the driver of the car accelerated and attempted to elude police, and a high-speed chase ensued on the highway.

The car was captured when it stopped at the intersection of a feeder road and the highway in Ranchito. One man jumped out of the car carrying a backpack and ran into the bushes, but police, who were behind them, chased the man and captured him.

The bag was opened in his presence, and police found marijuana in the bag. The drugs were found in three separate black plastic bags in the backpack. The two men were taken to the Corozal Police Station, where the weed was weighed, and it amounted to 2 1/2 pounds. Orvin Beck was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Police say that he remained in the car while his passenger, Paul Morgan, jumped out of the car, taking the backpack with him.

In the other incident in Corozal, police were conducting a mobile patrol in the San Andres Village area of Corozal at about 9:30 Friday morning, when they saw a car, and they indicated to the driver that he should pull over.

Police said that instead of stopping, the driver drove away at high speed, and police pursued the car.

Police said that during the chase, they saw several objects being thrown out of the front right passenger window. When the car finally was stopped on 8th Avenue in Corozal Town and was searched, nothing was found, police said.

The driver was taken to the area where police saw the packages thrown out of the car, and when the packages were recovered, police found three plastic bags containing 245 grams of cannabis.

As a result, James Albert Quan was taken to the Corozal Police Station, where he was charged for drug trafficking.

Quan then was taken before the Corozal Magistrate’s Court, where he pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking. He was offered bail of $2,000 plus one surety, which he met. Quan was ordered to return to court on October 3.

Meanwhile, in Punta Gorda, another marijuana bust was made. A Belizean laborer, Alfonso Vasquez, 45, of Indianville area, Punta Gorda Town, has been charged with drug trafficking of 117 grams of cannabis. He will be taken to the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6, to answer to the charges.

Police said that at about 2:55 on Friday evening, August 2, Punta Gorda police were conducting a mobile patrol at the corner of Queen Street and Jose Maria Nunez Street when they saw Vasquez, whom they stopped and searched.

They found a blue plastic bag under his left arm pit. The bag was opened in Vasquez’s presence, and police found marijuana in the bag.

Vasquez, after being identified, was then escorted to the Punta Gorda Town Police Station. The ganja was weighed and found to be 117 grams. Police then arrested Vasquez and charged him with drug trafficking.

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