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Police officers in court for drug plane conspiracy

Police Superintendent David Chi and Constable Norman Anthony were in court alongside two Mexicans yesterday in Orange Walk Town. The men appeared in court in connection with a case of a drug plane in the Blue Creek area, back in September 2018. 

Police Superintendent David Chi and Constable Norman Anthony were in court alongside two Mexicans yesterday in Orange Walk Town. The men appeared in court in connection with a case of a drug plane in the Blue Creek area, back in September 2018.  The case went before Senior Magistrate Patricia Arana.  Attorney Richard Dickie Bradley is representing one of the Mexicans, namely Eli Figueroa Nunez.  He spoke to the media after yesterday’s trial about what transpired in court.

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney: “As you know the Assistant Superintendent of Police from Special Branch Santiago Gongora has been testifying and he in terms of the statement that he had presented on the occasion is a very lengthy statement so you would have heard that I was making submissions to the Magistrate- the Senior Magistrate in relation to the situation so that where we are is that there are a number of statements –  and we normally do this at what we call “case management” in the Supreme Court and in some of the Magistrate’s courts. So where we are is that in fact there are 19 witnesses who have given statements in the disclosure. We are agreed that some eleven statements would be what would be used in the actual trial, the others would be repeating what would already been said and then of that amount we are agreed that in fact a number of statements out of that eleven there would only be the need to call some of the witnesses so that the defense can what is called cross examination. The two Mexicans who were they were put through a terrible ordeal, they supposedly were involved in the matter, I say supposedly- allegedly, the charge against them is one single charge; you conspired to abet to commit a crime, conspiracy is a crime, abetment is a crime, bringing drugs into the country is a crime. The actual courtroom testimonies have been slashed at least by half so the trial will finish quicker. We were hoping to continue on Wednesday but one of the attorneys is going to be unavoidably absent and the next week the prosecutor is also not able because of official duties to come. When we come back if God is willing in two days time we should finish with the testimonies if the cross examination doesn’t take long.”

The men were charged with conspiring to land the plane. The case was adjourned to January 27. Superintendent Chi is represented by David Moralez and Constable Anthony is represented by Leroy Banner.