Drug accused forced to pay for 'silly' mistake
Carrying drugs on a cruise turned out to be a costly mistake for a 20-year-old St Michael man - a $900 mistake to be exact.
Magistrate Douglas Fredrick imposed the fine yesterday after he, Jade Keith Chandler of Free Hill, Black Rock, pleaded guilty to three charges - possession, supply and trafficking of cannabis. The offences occurred on December 16 when Chandler was on board the MV Dream Chaser.
While the party boat was docked, police observed Chandler, who they said had a bulge in his pants pocket. Chandler pulled a plastic bag from his pocket and threw it into an empty cooler. The bag was retrieved and inside was a quantity of weed inside grease proof paper. He was taken to the police station and charged with the offences.
The estimated value of the drugs was said to be $105.
Chandler apologised to the court and his family yesterday calling his actions "silly". He asked the court for "another chance to better himself" and informing the court that he had recently applied to do a course.
Chandler initially tried to deny that he had the drugs to sell on the boat but eventually owned up when the magistrate persistently asked.
The District "A" Magistrate court heard that Chandler had already completed community service in relation to a similar drug matter.
"You have opportunities and you're throwing them away," the magistrate said.
The fine has to be paid in three months or Chandler will face three months in prison.