A 64-year-old man of Gallion was slapped with a $8,000 fine for possession of cannabis with intent to supply after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply 2,270 grams and cultivation of 10 plants of cannabis.
Michael Alphonse appeared in court on Thursday.
According to the facts of the case as presented by police prosecutor, corporal Innocent Toussaint, on November 20, 2013 at about 10.25 am, members of the Drugs Squad armed with a search warrant, went to the home of Alphonse.
On arrival, they were met by his wife Roseline Olivacce Alphonse, who told them that her husband was not home but had gone to his garden (farming plot).
After showing her the warrant, the house was searched and nothing found.
The police then requested that she take them to the garden and she complied.
Upon arrival, the lawmen met Alphonse, informed him of their mission and proceeded to search a shack in the garden where the cured marijuana found.
Ten plants of the illegal weed were also found in the garden.
The drugs have a street value of EC$6,670, according to the police.
When asked to account for the cannabis that was found in his shack, Alphonse said, “officer some fella put it there and say if I call police they will kill me.”
Alphonse and his wife were arrested.
She pleaded not guilty to all the charges and they were withdrawn by the prosecution after her husband pleaded guilty.
In mitigation Alponse’s attorney, Joshua Francis, begged the court not to impose a custodial sentence on his client since he was “a first time offender, was remorseful and had not wasted the court’s time.”
Magistrate, Candia George, told Alphonse that while she was not going to impose a custodial sentence on him, he will have to abide by the actions of his behaviour. “You are a grown man…I don’t know why you did it … your lawyer did not say but you have to face the consequences,” she said.
He has until June 24, 2014, to pay the fine or in default, go to jail for one year.