Caye Caulker Trio charged with drug trafficking
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Caye Caulker police arrested and charged a trio for drug trafficking following a house search. On Tuesday January 7th, at about 3PM, police personnel conducted a search at a house located on Traveler’s Palm Street on the island for illegal drugs and firearms. Present at the time of the search were 32-year-old Maurice Usher, Belizean plumber and 48-year-old Steven Jeffrey Arnold, Belizean Laborer, both of the same address.
The search led to the discovery of a small brown and blue plastic container hidden inside a box on a shelf. The plastic container was retrieved and opened in the men’s presence, where it was found to contain 16 small transparent Zip-Lock plastic bags, each containing a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine. It was learned that the common-law wife of Arnold, 35-year-old Emy Keme, Belizean chef of the same address, also resides at the house. She was later detained at her work place and they were all escorted to the station along with the suspected drugs which was weighed and amounted to 12 grams of cocaine.
Maurice Usher, Steven Jeffrey Arnold and Emy Keme were formally arrested and charged for the offence of Drug Trafficking. They were escorted to the San Pedro Town Magistrate Court on Wednesday January 8th where they were all jointly charged. All three pleaded not guilty and they were granted bail in the sum of $3,000 each, which they were able to meet. They are scheduled to reappear in court on February 14th.