In yesterday’s newscast, we reported on the arraignment of 41 year old Robert Gentle at the Corozal Magistrate’s Court, as the person accused of drug trafficking in this luxury Lincoln Navigator with drug packages hidden under the dashboard through the Northern Border.
Due to some difficulties we couldn’t show you Gentle’s picture, but we have sorted those difficulties out. Gentle, as we reported, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Magistrate Patricia Arana told the Ranchito Village resident that due to the quantity of drugs she cannot offer bail but that he can apply to the Supreme Court for it. She then proceeded to remand him to prison until to February 20th.
The incident Gentle is allegedly the main offender in occurred on December 13 when the Lincoln Navigator attempted to cross the Mexican border security, but when called in for a physical search, the then unidentified driver made a sudden surprise U-turn towards the Belize side. Mexican officials followed in a hot chase, but had to stop before entering Belize’s jurisdiction. The SUV eventually crashed into the metal fence of the Belize Customs Cargo section, however, and the driver dashed out and disappeared.
When Corozal Police made it to the scene, and searched the SUV they found six drug parcels of suspected cocaine that weighed over six kilos in a concealed compartment under the dashboard.
As we reported yesterday, the owner of the vehicle has been identified as Belize City resident Dwight Faber and his SUV was reportedly stolen from a car wash business. But in Court Gentle was not charged with theft, so we will be seeking an update to the Police’s investigation on that matter.
Gentle’s attorney, Leslie Hamilton, has indicated that they will be applying to the Supreme Court for bail in the upcoming days.