Magistrate Douglas Frederick was convinced that Cecil Harvey was trying to kick his drug habit and turn his life around.
As a result, Harvey was spared a prison sentence and will be assessed to see if he is a proper candidate for the drug rehabilitation programme.
Today, when the 60-year-old unemployed man of Constitution Road, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, as well as having apparatus for the use of cocaine.
Standing from the dock sharply dressed in a plaid shirt and khaki slacks, Harvey admitted that while cocaine was a hard habit to kick, he was making a brave attempt to do so.
“I’ve been working at church every Sunday and really trying hard to stop. It has been ten days since I last used any drugs and I am requesting help with a drug programme,” he said.
Additionally, Harvey said he was in the process of starting a new business.
While he told the accused that he felt such a programme would be suitable for him, Frederick warned him that failure to comply with the rules and regulations would result in him being sent to jail.
“If they put you in a programme and you don’t comply and you are kicked out, when you come back here you will be sentenced,” he cautioned.
Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson in giving the facts said police were carrying out investigations into certain matters concerning the accused and executed a search warrant at his house.
Five small bottles which were altered in a way to facilitate the use of cocaine were found, as well as a wrapper containing cannabis.
When asked to account for them he said, “Those are my pipes and it is just a little marijuana.”
The drugs weighed two grammes with a street value of $10.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.