Two residents from Belmopan are at ease tonight after they were acquitted of drug charges today. The question, however, is where are the fifty-two pounds of marijuana that they were reportedly caught with? In November 2019 the home of Shirleen Nunez and Trevor Nunez was searched by Belmopan Police where they reportedly found three large parcels containing the drugs. According to the duo’s attorney Hurl Hamilton, the case fell apart because there was no evidence of the drugs brought before the court.
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: So the matter culminated in Belmopan today where the defendant they were found not guilty. The prosecution was unable to convince the Magistrate that the defendants were guilty for the offence charged for the simple reason that the prosecution was unable to tender any drugs into evidence they allege to have found and they were unable as well to connect or link whatever drugs they’re alleging to the defendants. The defense made a no case submission that there was no nexus between the alleged drugs found and the defendants. The Magistrate agreed with the defense submission and as a result both defendants were acquitted for the charge of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: Now if the Magistrate said that they could not have found any connection in terms of possession of the drugs then what was the evidence that the prosecution brought against your clients ?
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “Well that is the thing Rene there was none. The prosecution was unable to produce not even an iota of evidence to link my client to the charge that they were before the court for. So there wasn’t any evidence any at all. Well the allegation was that the police conducted an operation and they went to a residence in Belmopan and they are alleging that inside that residence they allegedly found drugs. However when the matter came up for trial there was no drugs in evidence so it would have stand to logic that if there is no drugs in evidence then how can you link the drugs to any particular individual much less the defendant.”
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: How do you mean there was no drugs in evidence ? You mean that the evidence was lost or there was no drugs from the beginning to charge them for ?
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “Well I don’t know. That’s a matter you’ll have to ask the prosecution. Suffice to say that there was none tendered into evidence.”
The two were charged for possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.