Although the small amount of cocaine which he had was worth only $80, an American visitor was ordered to part with $1,000 today after pleading guilty to having the illegal substance early this morning.
Bradley Augustine Burke, 37, went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A” Magistrates Court to answer the charge. Burke was on a four-day visit to the island.
According to Station Sergeant Irvin Kellman, Burke was at a Christ Church establishment during the early hours of this morning. A security guard who was patrolling the floor, saw him standing close to a bathroom with a female.
He noticed Burke give something to the woman, who entered the bathroom, returned a short while later and handed something to Burke.
The guard became suspicious and when he asked the visitor what he had in his hand, Burke dropped it to the floor.
The guard picked it up and discovered that it was a small amount of a white powdery substance in a wrapper, later determined to be .5 grammes of cocaine.
The forthwith cost was paid.