By Marion V. Ali
Danny Marin Castellanos, 29, a resident of Benque Viejo del Carmen, was remanded to the Hattieville Prison on Wednesday after he was denied bail on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Supply over 100 pounds of marijuana.
The drug was at around 7:30 Wednesday morning, when the Gang Suppression Unit conducted an operation about a mile outside More Tomorrow Village.
The Unit stopped a white Ford Club Econoline van and a search of its interior yielded 101.85 pounds of marijuana packed in three crocus bags.
Castellanos, who was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, reportedly sped off initially at the sight of the GSU mobile, which pursued and apprehended him when his vehicle ran off the road.
At the same time, two other vehicles, which the GSU says originated from Belize City and with what the GSU says are known drug traffickers, showed up at the scene, presumably to conduct illicit transactions.
Castellanos entered a not-guilty plea before Magistrate Shona Griffith and he was taken into custody until April 4. He was not represented upon his first appearance in court.
The GSU has issued a press release claiming that Castellanos is part of a ring that traffic drugs that originate in Guatemala.