A Fond Cole man was fined $30,000 after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply 9,080 grams of marijuana.
Glennis Rohan Charles, 34, a father of four ,appeared before Magistrate Sherma Blaize- Sylvester at a Roseau Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The drug is said to have a street value of $20,000.
According to the facts presented by the prosecution, on Saturday, March, 26 2016 at about 10:20 pm, upon receiving certain information police proceeded to Macoucherie.
While driving East on a secondary road the police noticed Charles standing. He was approached and the police introduced themselves. They noticed two bags, one green, another black next to him.
The police opened the bags and noticed a number of packages inside. They questioned Charles as to what was inside the packages and he responded, “I don’t know nothing about that.”
The police opened one of the packages and noticed what appeared to be cannabis.
Charles was cautioned and informed that marijuana is illegal and it is also an offense to have that drug in his possession.
He was then arrested and taken to the Police Headquarters in Roseau.
In mitigation, his lawyer, Attorney Dawn Yearwood-Stewart, asked the court to “temper justice with mercy”.
She asked for a noncustodial sentence on her client and pleaded with the court to be lenient since her client is a first time offender.
“He is a construction worker and he fell on hard times,” she said.
Meantime, Magistrate Blaize-Sylvester said Charles is not known to the court and has pleaded guilty so he will not be given a custodial sentence.
She stated however that a message must be sent.
“If you have to struggle to feed your children, then struggle, but fast money doesn’t pay,” she warned.
He was fined $30,000.00, of which $8,000 is to be paid forthwith, or in default of payment spend three months in prison.
Charles was also fined $10,000 from the remaining $22,000 to be paid within six months, or in default spend three months in prison, while the $12,000 balance to be paid within a year, or in default of payment spend 3 months in prison.