Ladyville Construction Worker, 29-year-old Dion Mark Gutierrez Sr., is charged with possession of a control drugs with intent to supply, 70+ pounds of cannabis- Head of Prosecution, Alifah Elrington came to court and objected to bail- But Magistrate, Stephanie Gillett granted bail to the accused in sum of $20,000″
by Anita Nembhard-Flowers
Belize City, Fri. Dec. 11, 2020
Tonight, a Ladyville man who police say ran a checkpoint between Mile 7 and 8 and refused to stop when order is accused of trafficking over 70 pounds of marijuana.
Gutierrez was arrested and charge for the offense of possession of a control drugs with intent to supply to another for the purpose of drug trafficking, – 29-year-old, Dion Mark Gutierrez, a Construction Worker of Mile 13 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, Ladyville.
The Construction Worker was also read a second charge of willfully refusing to stop when ordered to do so.
Gutierrez appeared before Magistrate, Stephanie Gillett in Court #3 where he was read both charges and he pleaded not guilty. The arraignment occurred in the presence of his attorney, Orson “OJ” Elrington.
And to face off with him in court was his cousin, Head of Prosecution, Alifah Elrington who heavily objected to bail .
Alifah Elrington submitted to the court asking them to take into consideration, that the prosecution’s case is strong against Gutierrez and the fact that he was found in possession of over 70 pounds of weed and he refuse to stop his vehicle when order to do so, then later abandon the vehicle and fled the scene; which shows that he is a flight risk and he may not show up in court to take responsibility for the huge amount of drugs.
She also asked the court to take into consideration, that if Gutierrez is convicted, they will be seeking confinement.
But his attorney, Orson “OJ” Elrington submitted that bail is a constitutional protected right and its confinement should not be seen as a punishment and the basic principle is that his client is presumed innocent until proven otherwise else.
While Magistrate Gillett said she listen to both sides submission, she said she also has to look at the type of evidence the prosecution has before the court against the defendant and if they will secure a conviction and even after hearing both sides, she has heard enough to grant bail, however, she set specific conditions to his bail in the sum of $20,000 plus two sureties of $10,000 each.
Stringent conditions are that, Gutierrez must surrender all travel documents, he cannot leave the country without the court’s permission and he must report to the Ladyville Police Station every Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Dion Mark gutierrez Sr., next court date is set for February 5, 2021 a date set for partial disclosure.
The bust of Gutierrez Sr., occur Wednesday, December 9, 2020 between Milesn7 and 8 where police alleges that he and another were found in possession of 28,714.4 grams of cannabis and that when order to stop at the police check point between Miles 8 and 9; he refused and sped off and was chased by police.
His red Volkswagen vehicle with license plate, BZC43345 was later found abandon by police after he fled the scene.
Police are also looking for another person. – –
Up until 2pm. this afternoon, Gutierrez had not been able to meet the requirement of his bail and remains in custody. If by end of the day, and he cannot meet bail, he will be remanded to the Belize Central Prison.