After stumbling across a stash of illegal drugs on his way to a cruise, Fabian Deshawn Broomes decided to help himself.
However, he will now have to complete 240 hours of community service after he was caught with the drugs by police while on his way home.
The sentence was handed down to the 24-year-old labourer of Broomfield #1, St Lucy by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
In giving the facts, police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid told the court that police were on patrol on Spring Garden highway around 2:40 a.m. on April 21, when they stopped a car in which Broomes was a front seat passenger.
They observed him fidgeting with his pants pocket, which raised their suspicions.
He consented to a search and a small blue plastic bag containing 25 greaseproof wrappings were found in his boxer shorts.
When asked to account for the drugs he replied, “I was going down by Maycocks Beach and I find them and took them to the cruise with me to smoke.”
The drugs weighed nine grams and carried a street value of $90.
After being asked by the magistrate several times if he had anything to say, Broomes eventually issued a short apology to the court.
“I am sorry maam and it will never happen again,” he said.
Cuffy-Sargeant released him on $2,000 bail and ordered him to return to court on August 12.