A 32-year-old man from Bath Estate and Massacre has until October 30, 2012 to pay two separate drug fines totaling EC$4,000.00 or face 13 months in jail.
Curvel St. Rose who appeared before Chief Magistrate Evalina Baptiste on May 14, 2012, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply 210 grams of the controlled drugs.
On May 12, 2012 at about 10:45pm, the officers of the Task Force were on patrol in the Minya’s 7-11 supermarket area in Canefield when they spotted St. Rose parking a scooter and looking suspicious.
He was approached and asked if he had any drugs and he responded “no”.
However while a search on his person revealed nothing, a search on the scooter revealed a clear plastic bag containing the illegal drug (210 grams) with a street value of EC$500.00.
He was arrested and charged and told the police that, “it was given to him by a fella who he had done a mechanical job for.”
In court he maintained his same story but the Magistrate told him, “I don’t believe your story.”
“You taking drugs in lieu of your mechanical job, you do it always and your actions have reactions which will have effects on the society,” Chief Magistrate Baptiste told him.
She said the youths in the society are “angry and wild” as a result of the actions of St. Rose and others like him.
“You all sell it to the school boys and they take it at age 10 and cannot be controlled because of that irrational behaviour,” she remarked.
She then fined him EC$1,000.00 to be paid by October 30, 2012 or 6 months in jail for possession of cannabis and EC$3,000.00 for possession with intent to supply.