'Marijuana tea' excuse not enough
The excuse that the marijuana was used to make tea, was not enough to save Anderson Leroy Haynes from facing the penalty of possessing the illegal drug.
Haynes, 55, of Wavell Avenue, Black Rock, St Michael now has just a month to pay $2000 to the court or face eight months at HMP Dodds.
On February 8, Haynes was riding his bicycle when police stopped him because the bicycle did not have headlamps.
It was while the officers were speaking with Haynes that he began to fidget.
The officers then conducted a search and found the weed in his pocket. Haynes claimed that it was "some shake off to boil some tea".
However, this explanation did not stop the officers from charging him with possession, supply and trafficking of the cannabis.
The magistrate in the District 'A' Magistrates' Court imposed the fine on the re-offender and adjourned the matter until March 11.
Just last week, a 39-year-old of Advent Avenue, Bank Hall, St Michael was given a similar $2000 fine for charges of possession, supply and trafficking and cultivation of the same drug. In that case, the police executed a warrant and found the drugs in plant and seed form throughout the residence.