Accused fined thousands after tossing plant over paling during search
While the debate on the legalisation of marijuana continues at full pace, police continue to charge persons for its use.
Today, Tuesday, February 12, 2019, two men could not escape the long arm of the law and were fined by the court.
In the first case, a 29-year-old man had to pay the court $350 forthwith or face a one month sentence. Fortunately, the fine was paid.
He is Sean Pedro Husbands of 9th Avenue, Upper Goodland, St Michael.
A search warrant was executed at Husbands' residence on February 10. Inside, a small quantity of marijuana was found and he admitted knowledge and ownership.
The court heard from the prosecution that Husbands had previous convictions and a pending charge but his lawyer, Sian Lange, told the court that her client had cooperated with police and did not waste the court's time.
However, the fine was much more hefty in the case of Troy Mervin St Clair Fenty.
This 39-year-old of Advent Avenue, Bank Hall, St Michael was fined $2000 to be paid in one month or spend six months in prison.
Fenty admitted to possession, trafficking, supply and cultivation charges in relation to $390 worth of the cannabis.
According to police, a warrant was executed at Fenty's residence on February 10 where they saw him running toward the backyard.
He was captured and brought back to the residence where the search continued.
Seeds and five plants were discovered in various areas of the house - the bathroom- chest of drawers and on the floor. Fenty also threw a plant over the paling when he ran from the house initially.
The two matters were heard before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District 'A' Magistrates' Court.