Belize City man jailed for drug offences

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Updated: January 25, 2017

Elworth Morter, a resident of Lavender Street, pled guilty to two counts of drug trafficking and two counts of possession of a controlled drug, when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. He was fined for one of the two counts of possession of a controlled drug and for the second count he was cautioned and discharged. In relation to one of the two counts of drug trafficking, the one which consisted of three hundred and twenty three grams of cannabis, he was fined ten thousand dollars and ordered to pay two thousand dollars forthwith, in default three months imprisonment. He was given until December 31, 2017, to pay the balance. If he defaults on payment he will serve three years. For having six point one five kilograms of cannabis with the intent to supply it to others, he was fined ten thousand dollars and sentenced to three years. He was ordered to pay the ten thousand dollars forthwith, in default another three years imprisonment. The sentences are to run concurrently. The bust occurred on Monday, January 23, when the police, members of the GSU, went to Morter’s home. A search of Morter resulted in the discovery of forty two grams of cannabis in one of the pockets of his pants. Then the police found forty nine grams of cannabis behind a television set. The amounts of three hundred and twenty three grams and six point one five kilograms were found in cardboard boxes. Morter alone was charged for the forty two grams while he and seven other persons, among them two minors, were charged with two counts of drug trafficking and one of possession of a controlled drug. The charges against the seven were withdrawn after Morter was sentenced.