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Losing Situation in Court for Lionel Lamb

Tonight 32 year old Lionel Lamb who found himself in big trouble with the law found more trouble during his arraignment after an old conviction for drug related offenses came back to haunt him.     This morning, Lionel Lamb, a resident of #35 Cleghorn Street, Belize City who is a Porter at the Tourist Village was before the court to answer to two drug related offenses for possession of a controlled drug and drug trafficking with intent to supply to another person or persons for the purpose of drug trafficking.  Allegations made by the police is that earlier today, December 2, 2015, they conducted a house search at his home where they found two amount of suspected cannabis.  256 grams found inside his house and 21 grams of cannabis found on him.    In court, Lamb was unrepresented where he pleaded guilty only to the possession of controlled drugs for 21 grams but not guilty to the drug trafficking.   It was also brought to the court’s attention that Lamb was in debt with the court for an old conviction for which back in May 2009, he was convicted of possession of a controlled drug for which he was fined five hundred dollars plus a five dollars cost of court  for which he made no payments; in default of payment, he got five months imprisonment.  In court, however, before Magistrate Ladonna John, Lamb told the court that the bill cannot be his record because around that time, he was able to prove to the police that it was his brother, Tyrone Lamb who had used his name in court.  He further told the court that when the police put in his name, it was his brother’s picture that came up in the system.  But in court, Lamb had nothing to prove what he was saying so the court could only conclude that the old fine belongs to him since it also had the same address and date of birth along with his name to it.  For his guilty plea to possession of a controlled drug, 21 grams, Magistrate Rogers imposed a non-custodial sentence where she fined him eight hundred dollars plus a $5.00 cost of court to be paid by January 29, 2016, in default, 6 months imprisonment.  He also has to first pay his old fine of $505 owed to the court in default 5 more months imprisonment.  For the not guilty plea for drug trafficking, Lamb was offered bail in the sum of $7,000 plus two sureties.  However, the Magistrate ordered that the bail will not be split into two and that one of his surety must present land documents to get him out on bail.