A Marigot man will have to pay the court $500 after he was caught by police with 37 grams of marijuana.
Kenney Edwards, 22, appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis Friday morning at the Roseau Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
According to the facts of the case, early Friday morning four men travelling on a Jeep were stopped at Bense by police who were conducting random searches of vehicles traversing that area. During the search police found a white plastic bag in the glove compartment of the vehicle which contained 37 grams of cannabis.
“Marijuana that there, I just get it about 20 minutes ago,” the driver told the police.
Edwards was arrested by Portsmouth police, spent some time in the prison cell at the Portsmouth Police Station and subsequently brought to the Roseau Magistrate Court late Friday morning.
During the proceedings lawyer Wayne Norde pleaded with the court for mercy on his behalf. Norde told the court that the defendant is a construction worker and lives with his mother in Marigot who is dependent on him.
“He is a young man in his prime, I am begging that the court be lenient,” Norde said.
In handing down the sentence Magistrate Lewis considered the Criminal Justice Reform Act which demands special treatment for convicts under 23.
Edwards’ clean slate with the cops and guilty plea helped him secure a softer sentence.