A 30-year-old St Michael man was slapped with fines totalling $4,500 by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court No 2 yesterday afternoon.
Christopher Aaron Foster had previously denied charges of having 185 grams of cannabis, cultivating the drug, having a traffickable quantity and intending to supply it. The offences occurred on August 21, 2013.
In court yesterday, the Grant’s Gap, Westbury Road resident changed his plea to guilty, on all the charges. Foster also apologised to the court for any inconvenience and the wasted time. Further, he told the court that he had a job now.
The facts revealed that police turned up early at Foster’s home and he came to the gate, before dashing back into his yard. When police forced their way into the backyard, they saw him pulling up marijuana plants from a white bucket. He was held by police and arrested.
Foster was reprimanded and discharged on the charge of intent to supply, but was fined $1,500 on each
of the other three counts. He must pay the first $1,500 in two months. The remaining $3,000 has to be paid one month later.
Failing to do so, Foster faces up to eight months in prison.