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Man sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to drug trafficking, illegal gun possession

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Casey Smith, a resident of Belize City, will spend five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition in Belmopan on Friday.

The charges and conviction follow a police operation just after 12 a.m. Friday on the George Price Highway when police searched a taxi from Benque Viejo and discovered 94.5 pounds of marijuana.

Smith received a $10,000 fine for the drugs, plus three years imprisonment; and five years imprisonment for the firearm and ammunition. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Two other persons from Benque Viejo were in the vehicle but the charges against them were dropped after Smith pleaded guilty.

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