Crime — 28 February 2014 — by Rowland A. Parks
Couple charged for 8.59 pounds of weed

GSU searched their home and allegedly found the drug

A Belize City man was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 forthwith after he pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking in the courtroom of Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith.

Barry Lee Wade, 34, an unemployed, and his common-law wife, Elizabeth Ann Linarez, 37, a domestic, residing at 9159 Mahogany Street Extension, appeared before Chief Magistrate Smith.

After Wade pleaded guilty to the charge, the court withdrew the charge against Linarez.

Smith told Wade that he has to pay the remaining $5,000 by February 2015. If he defaults on payment, he will face prison time.

The couple was initially charged with being in possession of 8.59 pounds of cannabis with intent to supply to another for the purpose of drug trafficking.

The drug was discovered on Saturday, February 22, when the Gang Suppression Unit executed a search at the home. According to a press release from the GSU, neither Wade nor Linarez was at home when the police went to search their house, around 4:30 p.m.

The GSU reported that they found the cannabis in one of the bedrooms that is occupied by Wade and Linarez. The officers said they found three large black plastic bags on top of a television shelf. One of the bags contained 10 small parcels of cannabis, and another bag contained six small parcels of cannabis, while a third bag contained several small black plastic bags.

Barry Wade, according to the GSU, has an unfinished drug trafficking case in the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court. On April 17, 2013, Wade allegedly was busted with 26 parcels of cannabis weighing 12.70 kilograms.

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