Junior Ricardo Ward can consider himself a very lucky man.
When the convicted drug dealer appeared before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court yesterday, he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, trafficking and intent to supply.
After looking at his previous convictions, the magistrate asked Ward: “Why should I not lock you up? The fines don’t seem to be working.”
However, the 43-year-old unemployed man of No. 2B Rosemont, Deacons Road, St Michael pleaded with Seale not to send him to HMP Dodds but to impose another fine instead.
Ward was then fined $900 in six weeks with an alternative of six months in prison for possession while the trafficking conviction earned him a fine of $1500 to be paid in three months or one year in prison.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for the charge of intent to supply.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid, police were patrolling 8th Avenue, New Orleans, The City yesterday when the accused rode past on a bicycle. He appeared nervous and police stopped him.
Ward consented to a search and in a black haversack he was carrying, police found 51 greaseproof wrappings containing cannabis. The drugs weighed 19 grams and had a street value of $95.
Ward admitted to having the illegal drug, telling the police “I does just sell it to make some money”.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.