A Fond Cole man was sentence to pay the court $450 after he was caught by police with 30 grams of marijuana.
Stephen Joseph, 20, appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis today 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, police was on mobile patrol in Fond Cole when they spotted the defendant and others sitting on a step.
Officers approached Joseph and informed him that they suspected him of being in possession of an illegal substance.
When he was searched a clear plastic bag and brown paper bag was found in his left front pocket.
During the mitigation, the defendant told the court he bought the substance to smoke and not to sell.
In handing down the sentence magistrate Ossie Lewis considered that the defendant had no previous convictions and did not waste the court time in pleading guilty.
“Now is a fitting time for me to tell you to stop the habit because drugs will destroy your life,” said Magistrate Lewis in handing down the sentence.