Bedminster appeared before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste last week and pleaded guilty to possession and intent to supply the illegal drug.
According to the facts of the case presented by the police prosecutor, at about 7:45 a.m. on the said date, officers executed a search warrant at the home of Lincoln Auguiste, with whom the defendant lives.
Before the search commenced, the officers asked Bedminister whether he had any drugs in his home. The defendant handed the police a black plastic bag and said, “A little marijuana weed that in it.”
No other drugs were found during the search.
When asked to mitigate on his own behalf at his hearing, Bedminister told the court that the drugs were only to make a “little tea”.
“You might be one of the persons who believe that the drug is good for you…That it’s good for asthma and that rubbish…You see what’s happening to the young people? They are violent, they are drop outs…and a lot of it is about the drug culture…you and all those other lazy bones,” the magistrate told Bedminister.
“Don’t come here and tell me is just for you to make a little tea…Some of you don’t mind making blood money and spending it while it is causing destruction to other persons and say is for tea and for asthma…don’t come here and say those things,” she said.
The defendant was said to have no previous offenses. He was fined $850 for the possession of cannabis. He will pay this by September 30, 2010 or he will spend six months in prison.
He was also fined $1,000 for intent to supply. This he will pay by October 30,2010 or he will face seven months in prison.
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