Three men were charged and appeared in Court this morning for drug trafficking after Police discovered almost eight pounds of marijuana inside the taxi vehicle they were travelling in, in Patchakan Village on Saturday November 25th.
21 year old Ian Mossiah of Calcutta Village, 25 year old Vincent Aldana of Calcutta Village also, and 37 year old Abner Cardenas, a Belizean taxi driver, were all in the vehicle at the time when the police stopped them.
A search of the men turned up nothing, but when the authorities searched the car they found a pink and black school bag on the floor in the front passenger area. When the officers checked inside the bag, they saw a bag containing green leafy substance with the strong aroma of cannabis.
The men were detained and taken to the police station, where the drugs were weighed and found to be 3,628.7 grams. They were charged for drug trafficking.
When the three men appeared before Magistrate Patricia Arana today, Mossiah and Aldana pleaded guilty to the charge, while Cardenas pleaded not guilty.
When Mossiah went before the stand, Magistrate Arana asked him if he was aware that the charge warrants a fine and confinement, specifically a fine of $10,000 and 3 years imprisonment. He responded that he had to traffic drugs because he has a pregnant wife and two children.
In the afternoon, Mossiah returned to Court for sentencing. Magistrate Arana chose to show some leniency, since it was Mossiah’s first known infraction. She opted not to impose a custodial sentence. Instead, she fined him $10,000 but stipulated that it can paid in monthly instalments of $300. However, Mossiah cannot miss or skip payment, or he will be returned to court and sent to prison.