An unemployed man was sentenced today to perform 200 hours of community service by May 20 when he returns to court.
The sentence was handed down after Jamal DaCosta Butcher of St Hill Road, Carrington Village, St Michael pleaded guilty to three drug charges before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2.
The 22-year-old admitted he possessed, trafficked and intended to supply 51 marijuana wrappings, weighing
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant urged him to see the community service as an opportunity for training.
The court heard from the probation officer that Butcher has never had a job.
Questioned about it, Butcher recalled having a job “once” when he was going to school but not since. He said he had applied to get into the Skills Training Programme several times but was never successful.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid said that on March 19, while police were carrying out an operation at Carrington Village, they saw Butcher sitting in front
of a shop.
After he began fidgeting with one of his pockets, the officers requested and were granted a search. They found two transparent moneybags in a pocket with the marijuana wrappings inside.
According to Reid, Butcher told police at the scene “dem drugs is mine, officer. I was only trying to hide them from wunna.”