That’s A Lot Of Wood Guys – You May Be Hard Working Loggers, But You Still Need A License. The Court Report January

5 illegal loggers caught in possession of illegal forestry produce- 1 tested positive for COVID and had to be quarantined!

By Anita Nembhard-Flowers
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Belize City, Mon. Jan. 24, 2022

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Tonight 4 of 5 alleged illegal liggers caught by police at a Sawmill in Corozalito is out on bail while a 5th person caught with them has been placed in quarantine for COVID 19.

This afternoon the 4 of the five men were brought to court by the Forestry Department to be arraigned.

The four men appeared before Senior Magistrate, Tricia Pitts-Anderson where they were read two charges, one count of found converting logs into lumbers without being granted a license by the Forestry Department and one count of unlawful possession of forestry produce.

The Prosecutor in court today was Adonai Blanco.

The men all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were offered bail in the sum of $1,500 and their case was adjourned for March 24, 2022.

The fifth defendant has been identify as Harton Jackson who tested positive for COVID-19.

On Friday, January 21, 2022 the group of men were found at a Sawmill site, Corozalito Village in possession of . . .
12 Santa Marua logs equivalent to 534.4 board feet,
14 drunken Baymen logs equivalent to 615 board feet,
43 pieces of sawn drunken Baymen lumber equivalent to 401.3 board ft,
9 Gumbo-limbo logs equivalent to 965 board ft,
117 pieces of sawn Gumbo-limbo lumber equivalent to 454 board feet,
2 Habin logs equivalent to 96.3 board feet,
2- black poison wood logs equivalent to 222.6 board feet,
2 bastard Rosewood logs equivalent to 128.8 board feet,
1 Cotton Tree log equivalent to 233.8 board feet,
10 bullet tree log equivalent to 80 board feet

All of which they had no logging license granted to them to have by the Forest Department.