Crime General — 06 January 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
“Weed apples” get teenager 6 months in jail

BELIZE CITY–On New Year’s Eve, a teenager was arrested for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the prison inside three apples.

Raheem Miles, 18, who is a first-time offender, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug and was sentenced to 6 months in prison this morning when he was arraigned on the charge before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer.

A look of confusion appeared on Miles’ face after he entered his guilty plea and he then asked the court to show him leniency and the Senior Magistrate told him that he needed to give her a good reason why he should not be sent to prison.

“You go to prison and smuggle drugs; it’s obvious you want to go there. You should have been charged with drug trafficking the moment you stepped on the prison compound with drugs,” Frazer told Miles.

Miles, in a very low, barely audible voice said, “I did not know the drugs were inside the apples.”

“I have not heard any good reason why you should not go to prison,” Frazer told him. She remarked, “at least you will be with the ones who set you up to smuggle the drugs into the prison.”

Frazer began to write in her court book, and after she finished, she told Miles that she was sentencing him to six months in prison.

According to court documents, on December 31, 2014, Miles visited the prison and had in his possession three apples he was taking to the person whom he had gone to visit.

A prison officer got suspicious and decided to cut one of the apples open. After doing so, he discovered a clear plastic inside, in which there were 10 small parcels containing 13 grams of marijuana.

The cutting of a second apple revealed eight parcels which contained 10 grams of marijuana, and the third apple was packed with 13 parcels, amounting to 8 grams of marijuana.
Miles was arrested and handed over to police, who charged him with possession of a controlled drug.

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