A 23 year old man of Scottshead, Wesley Foster Peter who pleaded guilty to charges of possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply 498 grams of the illegal drug, was slapped with an $EC 4, 500.00 fine or in default, 13 months in jail.
Foster was arrested by members of the Drugs Squad who were on foot patrol in the city on December 24, 2012.
Reports are that he was spotted on Great Marlborough street and when approached by the police upon smelling the drug, Peter attempted to throw away a lighted marijuana stick he was using. He was searched and six clear plastic bags of the drugs were found in his bag.
He was fined $1,800 to be paid my March 31, 2013, in default 6 months for possession of cannabis and EC$2,700 to be paid by May 31, 2013, in default 7 months, for possession with intent to supply.
Meantime another young man, 19 year old Jonas Yazi Cuffy of Yam Piece was given until March 31, 2013 to pay EC$1,700 or go to jail for 10 months.
Cuffy pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply.
The police had also confiscated EC$195.50 from Cuffy but the amount was returned to him after the magistrate said that given the makeup of the money, she was not convinced that it was from the proceeds of drugs.
He pleaded with the court saying he was “sorry” and wanted another chance since he planned to go to college in September 2013.
Chief Magistrate, Evelina Baptiste, chided Cuffy for his behavior and implored him to “stay away from the illegal drugs.”
“From where I sit, I have seen destruction of the drugs in our society with some benefactors living nice and cozy while others go down the drain,” she said.
She also expressed concern about the level of “alcohol usage” by young people. “Alcohol should also be illegal like marijuana because it is destroying lives,” Baptiste stated.