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Mayor Hynds has birthday out of jail

International 09 Sep, 2021 Follow News

Jerry Hynds was cleared of drug smuggling

Jerry Hynds, the Mayor of Roatan, celebrated his birthday on Sunday, grateful of being freed from a charge of attempting to smuggle cocaine with a street value of $24 million onto the island.

Hynds, Jorge Bustillo, Efrain Sanchez and Francisco Gomez were all arrested on Aug. 27, in a police operation, charged with attempted drug trafficking of two tonnes of the class-A drug.

Prosecutors accused the mayor of guarding the haul into Roatan when security agents found 2,430 kilos of the substance inside a cistern that was travelling on the main street. His lawyers denied all charges, claiming Hynds was the victim of a vehicle error and confusion during the police operation.

After a long initial hearing in the capital Tegucigalpa, Hynds and Sanchez were given provisional dismissals on Saturday while the others were held in custody awaiting trial.

Provisional dismissal means a temporary file; although it closes, it is likely to be re-opened if new, relevant evidence is revealed.

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