By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
A plea change from not guilty to guilty sresulted in Giovanni Requeña, a maintenance worker of Neals Pen Road in Belize City being fined $10,000 for drug rafficking. Charges against his brother, Ellis were withdrawn.
On July 4, 2014, police chased a pink car which tried to elude a checkpoint between miles 15 and 16 on the George Price Highway. When caught, police found two sacks of weed in the trunk. The sacks weighed 32,470 grams or 60 pounds.
At the start of their trial for drug trafficking on Thursday, 25-year-old Giovanni Requena, changed his plea to guilty for drug trafficking.
Giovanni who was unrepresented, begged the court for leniency and asked that he be fined, saying he was sorry. He told Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser that he had just been given custody of his child, who is now four, and that selling drugs was an easy way to provide for his family.
Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser then fined him $10,000 plus $5.00 cost of court and ordered him to pay it by August 31, 2015. The charge of drug trafficking was then withdrawn from Ellis Requena and he was free to go.