Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Man held with cocaine apparatus said he is not an addict

Ricardo Antonio Agard admitted to the District A Magistrate Court that he uses cocaine but he said he does not consider himself an addict.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to having in his possession apparatus fit for misuse of cocaine on January 9, 2020.

On the mentioned date, police were on mobile patrol in the area of Rockley Golf Club Road in Christ Church when they came upon the accused who was said to be acting in a suspicious manner. He was stopped and a search of his person requested. The accused consented and when police searched his rear right pants pocket, the apparatus was found.

Agard told Magistrate Douglas Frederick he got the apparatus “from a guy inside the hotel” and it was not his.

When questioned by the Magistrate as to if he is addicted to cocaine, the 25-year-old unemployed man of no fixed place of abode said that uses the drug but he is not an addict.

“I can stop smoke or drink anytime. I am not addicted...”

He also told the Magistrate he has been on the streets for some time.

“… next month gine be nine months I was living on the streets… I does get food from the CID because some of the officers there does help me get something to eat.”

Although initially reluctant, Agard accepted the Magistrate’s offer to get professional help for his cocaine use.

He was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for three weeks to undergo evaluation and drug rehabilitation. Agard is set to return to court on January 31, 2020.

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