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Robert Gentle charged with drug trafficking

Forty-one-year-old Robert Gentle, a driver of Ranchito Village in the Corozal District, who allegedly fled when the car he was driving was detected to have cocaine by Mexican border officials, was charged with drug trafficking when he appeared yesterday in Corozal Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Patricia Arana. Gentle pled not guilty to the charge. He was denied bail and he was remanded into custody until February 20. Police investigation revealed that about 4 p.m on December 13, a man driving a Lincoln Navigator car attempted to cross into Mexico from the Belize northern border at the northern end of the Customs cargo area. The scanner at the Mexican border detected something hidden in the dashboard of the car and Mexican authorities informed the driver that they were going to search the car. The driver then made a U-turn and sped back to the Belize side of the border. As a result, the car crashed into a metal gate of the Customs cargo area. The driver abandoned it and fled into the bushes. The police reported that when they searched the car they found six parcels wrapped in transparent plastic that contained suspected cocaine. When weighed, the parcels amounted to six thousand, three hundred and twenty-eight grams. On December 31 at about 8:49 p.m. police detained Gentle and charged him. Gentle was represented in court by attorney Leslie Hamilton.