Two men who were caught with marijuana brownies on the premises of the Barbados O’ Level Institute at Bank Hall, St Michael on July 26 last year, were today fined $4,000 each and given four months in which to come up with the money.
The elder of the two, 30-year-old Caleb Daniel Cooke of #60 Rock Dundo Park, Cave Hill, St Michael was fined an additional $30,000 payable in a year, after police found five kilogrammes of cannabis at his home.
Cooke’s accomplice is 20-year-old Lamar Denoko Greene, of Ashby Land, Lodge Road, Christ Church.
Appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, both men pleaded guilty to three drug charges of possession, intent to supply within 100 yards of a learning institution, and having a trafficable quantity.
The facts, as outlined by Station Sergeant Irvin Kellman, were that police officers went to the Institute and saw two men sitting in a car. Having reason to search the vehicle, the lawmen did so and discovered plastic bags in the back seat which contained 44 brownies altogether.
When they told the car’s occupants that they suspected the brownies contained marijuana, Cooke and Greene agreed. They were arrested and taken to Oistins Police Station.
After conducting interviews there, police then executed a search warrant at Cooke’s home where they found a bag holding a quantity of marijuana on the kitchen floor, some in a box in another part of the kitchen, more in the freezer, 10 more brownies and an oil-based brown substance in a container.
Cooke therefore got three additional charges, to which he also confessed today.
In his mitigation, attorney-at-law Romain Marshall asked the court to consider community service for his client Cooke, who is a first time offender.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant said however, she was considering neither a custodial sentence nor community service.
Greene, who was unrepresented, also has no prior convictions.
Both men were fined on the count(s) of possession and were convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the others.