Mother caught with cocaine

A woman was fined $800 by the end of June or spend two months behind bars.

Manielia Laurent, 28, of Fond Cole appeared before Magistrate Candia George at the Roseau Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

According to the facts of the case, on June 18 last year, police executed a search warrant at the home of the defendant during which police found a white plastic bottle buried beneath the cellar. The bottle contained a quantity of foil wrappings alleged to be cocaine. When asked by police about the contents of the bottle the defendant responded, “I don’t know about that.”

The defendant was arrested and taken to the police headquarters where police continued its investigation. The content was determined by police to be 41 grams with an estimated street value of about $300.

The drugs were taken to the government analysis lab in Barbados where scientific testing revealed and confirmed that the substance was in fact cocaine.

Before handing down the sentence, Magistrate George heard from lawyer Zena Dyer who represented the accused. Dyer told the court that the accused is the mother of three children of school age and asked the court to impose a fine rather than a prison sentence.

“You need to change your path and look for something legitimate to do,” the magistrate cautioned the unemployed defendant who intends to be assisted by her boyfriend and mother, who is a fish vendor, in paying the fine.

In handing down the sentence, the magistrate considered that the defendant pleaded guilty and is a parent.

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23 Comments

  1. dominican abroad
    June 23, 2011

    I am a dominican who retired from law enforcment after twenty three years there is a simple kit we used in the field , and you see it done alot on reality cops shows in the field it is called the nar-kit you put a small portion of the contraband drug confiscated in the kit and if it turn a specific colour then it will show positive for the degnatted drug that is cheaper than wasting the dominican taxe payer oney to send it to barbados the test will hold in court it has been certfied in the states, i will be glad to help in training the police in d.a.

    • TeteMorne I From...
      July 31, 2011

      You can always train them on how to write run-on-sentences.

  2. justice
    May 25, 2011

    Good job to the police but it is SAD they had to send the drugs ALL THE WAY TO BARBADOS for testing…we need a crime lab in Dominica.

  3. member
    May 25, 2011

    why are the people of fond cole low gradein fond cole its such a little village with so much :twisted: bad report :evil: i think the people of fond cole needs to come together an build up fond cole…..

    • .chief justice
      July 16, 2011

      fond cole people came from haiti

  4. loser
    May 24, 2011

    another one. this is not poverty. she’s just a loser. they should make her swallow all the cocaine. is love she love it. lucky for these criminals i dont have the law in my hand.

  5. cuscus
    May 24, 2011

    But these people don’t edit their work before publishing ? First of what year was this offense done? Who is the fish vendor her mother or her boyfriend , or is her mother her boyfriend?

    • jay
      May 25, 2011

      it said june last year i.e 2010 simple

      • malpardee
        May 25, 2011

        I ALWAYS SAY DA NEWS LINE NEED TO HIRE ME TO EDIT FOR THEM. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON A LONG WHILE SINCE CAKAFETE DAYS. I USE TO READ THE NEWS AND FEEL SO SHAME THE WAY THEY WRITE. WRONG SPELLING, SENTENCES NOT MAKING SENSE. MAN WE NEED HELP IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM… SORRY…

    • TeteMorne I From...
      July 31, 2011

      The boyfriend’s mother is the fish vendor.

  6. max
    May 24, 2011

    free 4 dem 2 free up on d woman

  7. me
    May 24, 2011

    so why is it that min. of gender affairs not getting involved? if it was a man with 10 children that would not matter he would get his full punishment but i guess crime is only crime when committed by men

  8. pat
    May 24, 2011

    THEY JUST WANT EASY MONEY BY SELLING DRUGS AND MESSING CHILDREN LIVES

  9. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011

    She is a mother, now how wld she feel later on in life when someone is supplying one of her children!

    • .chief justice
      July 16, 2011

      best she had come and rob u

  10. The truth
    May 24, 2011

    I’m all foe cleaning he streets but I hope they had more Evidence than that. Because people hide their drugs all over the place in order to not have it on them.

  11. us based
    May 24, 2011

    maneila I am very disappointed in you…Think about it you are parent of 3 kids… common now.. I know you can do better than that.

  12. proud
    May 24, 2011

    I am almost certain it cost the tax payers much more than $800 to process this drug dealer. The lab verification process in Barbados probably cost more than 800 dollars .

  13. lh
    May 24, 2011

    humm

  14. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011

    There are many other homes they should go to. Go COPS go!!!!

    • .chief justice
      July 16, 2011

      u will have to sell them out to us first

  15. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011

    it is sad that people still do not see the dangers in selling drugs to destroy peoples lives. our society keeps defending them while so many of our young people are destroyed.i hope that this parent would realize that this is not a way out . one thing though, would she want it sold to her children?

    • choice
      July 16, 2011

      i can imagine u would go crasy or commit suicide if u were in her position of not being able to even provide breakfast for the kids. you would not kniw what to do.y u do helping the person out

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