Bacchus, 28, a Canadian, was wanted by Belizean authorities for murder, but he skipped the country. He was arrested in Canada on cocaine and “purple heroin” charges, and will afterwards be extradited to Belize to face a murder charge.
ONTARIO, Canada, Fri. Feb. 2, 2018- He is a wanted fugitive in Belize, on the run for almost two years, but he may soon be extradited to Belize for murder after he was arrested in Canada and charged for illegal drugs.
On Friday, Canadian national Jordan Bacchus, 28, was busted by police in Northern Ontario with 384.45 grams of cocaine and 10.46 grams of “purple heroin” which is heroin mixed with the extremely potent opioid fentanyl.
These drugs have a street value of $45,000 Canadian dollars.
According to Drug Squad Det.-Sgt. James Killeen, during the search his officers also seized $25,000 in cash along with other evidence, including digital scales, detailed debt lists and a money-counting machine.
After answering to these charges, Bacchus will be transported to Toronto to answer to charges of armed robbery and extortion.
The Toronto Sun reported that Bacchus would then be extradited to Belize to be arraigned for murder. Here in Belize, he is accused of the May 2016 murder of football sensation Melvin Almendarez, 31, who was found 130 feet into a feeder road in Southern Ambergris Caye about a half mile south of San Pedro town.
Bacchus was detained as a prime suspect, as he was the last one to have been seen with Almendarez.
However, after 48 hours in detention for the murder, he was released because of a lack of evidence linking him to the crime. He was only charged with possession of controlled drugs and was released with bail. He was ordered to surrender his travel documents.
A week after his release, police were able to gather sufficient evidence to charge Bacchus with murder, but he had already skipped town and returned to Canada.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Henry Jemmott, had commented to the San Pedro Sun on the damning evidence against Bacchus.
“We were able to find clothing with blood at his residence; his golf cart had blood underneath as well. Hair specimens from the victim were also found on his belongings,” said Jemmott.
He had also revealed that Bacchus tested positive for gunpowder residuals on his hands, confirming that he had fired a gun.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Almendarez died from acute pulmonary edema, face trauma, as a consequence of a blow by a blunt instrument and a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
In a press conference held in June 2016, police had suggested that Almendarez, a father of three, was run over by a golf cart after he was murdered.