Island tour operator and boat captain convicted in Belize City Magistrate’s Court of drug trafficking

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2022. 5:37 PM CST.

From BBN staff: Two San Pedro residents, a boat captain and a tour operator were convicted of drug charges in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court today.

35-year-old tour operator Gerson Marziel Cordon and 33-year-old boat captain Jose Edwardo Cowo appeared unrepresented charged with possession of 29.7 grams of marijuana and 3.6 grams of cocaine.

San Pedro police searched their golf cart on Wednesday, where they found the drugs in a cup holder.

They both pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and were fined $255 each plus $5 each for court costs. They both had until March 30, 2022 to pay two months’ imprisonment.

Cowo also pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was fined $2000 plus $5.00 court costs in which he was given until June 30, 2022 to pay or face one year of jail for default.

Despite his sentence, Cowo remains in custody and will be returned to Belize Central Jail as it was discovered that he had an unpaid fine of $800 for a 2020 harm charge. The magistrate said that he couldn’t be released until he paid at least $400, which he failed to do until the end of the day.


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