Auctioneer Noel Codd is out on a bail of five thousand dollars after he was charged with unlawful ammunition. The charge against Codd stems from the recent suspected drug plane landing in Santa Martha Village in the early hours of Monday morning. According to Codd’s attorney Richard Dickie Bradley the plane landed about half mile from his client’s farm and the single piece of ammunition that he is being charged for was not found on his person.
Richard Dickie Bradley, Attorney at Law: “The single round of ammunition was said to have been found on the ground, not in Noel’s house, not on his person, not in his vehicle. He has paid employees two of whom stay on the farm and the others come and work on the farm and in fact when the police arrived there after the plane had landed; the police found them on the farm. They have been kept since the 21st and they were released today and I saw them taking out sheets of paper and saying what all different properties were taken away from them and they will want it back. So we have not seen any statements from them but the word is that one of them may have given his statement that would be of interest to the police. All of them have the same story. Marcel was able on the 21st to in fact go to the farm and he has dozens of photographs. He has where they showed him that they were being kept with their- they gave them little snacks and so, he was able to get an idea of where the plane was, he was able to get an idea of various matters and took important photographs so that to answer your question yes those persons were working for Mr.Codd and they were kept in custody along with Mr.Codd. This morning he was to be taken to the Orange Walk court on a charge of being in possession of one single round of ammunition which is prohibited and there were some expectations that he would have been charged for having something to do with the landing of a plane suspected to be a drug plane.”
As noted by Attorney Bradley there have been drug charges or charges in connection with the landing of the plane levied against his client. Bradley went on to explain what transpired in court this morning.
Police Commissioner Chester Williams had indicated in his report the involvement of a Mennonite man in their investigation. Bradley explained that the Mennonite man was unable to meet with his attorney this morning as the Police secretly took him to Corozal.
Richard Dickie Bradley, Attorney-at-Law: “The family did get the copy of the charge sheet from Mr.Noel about the ammunition but he was not taken to court because it was the understanding he would be charged along with a Menonite for having something to do with the plane. The Menonite is represented by Mr.Marcel Cardona and he explained to the media that this morning he visited the police station and was unable to meet with his client to offer him advice in regard to what is the law when you’re in custody and you’re probably likely to be charged. Could not find his client, all his inquires were fruitless and then late this afternoon we both went over to the police station because up until around two thirty Noel Codd had not been given any charges nor was he taken to court so in going over there and making inquiries in fact Mr.Cardona came across his client in a room and spoke with him where upon he learnt that he could not have seen his client this morning because his client was as he put his secreted out of the Orange Walk Police Station and taken to Corozal and brought back around three o’clock in the afternoon. And he said that he had been mislead into giving a statement in regard to the matter.”
Reporter: Was he able to ascertain why his client was taken to Corozal this morning ?
Richard Dickie Bradley, Attorney-at-Law: ” Yes he was taken to Corozal this morning so that Mr.Cardona could not see him and advise him as to his constitutional rights to remain silent, that he does not have to give a statement, that any statement which is obtained from him through either coercion or inducement or promises or threats such a statement will fall by the way side once he says that in the event of any trial. So he was not made available, nobody told Mr.Cardona that his client was not in the Orange Walk Police Station they just all played simple and when the client turned up later this afternoon that is what he told Mr.Cardona in my presence, that he was.”
We will have more on this story in subsequent newscasts.