A 76-year-old man who was caught by police with a small quantity of marijuana and cocaine yesterday, was given two suspended sentences when he appeared before a Bridgetown magistrate today.
Keith Berchmoore Bedford pleaded guilty to four drug offences in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2. He confessed to having one gramme of marijuana, five grammes of cocaine, as well as trafficking and intending to supply the cocaine, all on June 21.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Janice Ifill, told the court that police were on duty at Queen’s Street, St Michael when they entered an old abandoned building where illegal activities were known to take place.
There they saw Bedford fidgeting with two plastic bags. Police instructed him to hand them over and he did so. One bag contained some small crystalized stones while the other had loose marijuana in it.
Bedford admitted to police at the time that the drugs were his.
In court today, the retiree said while walking in the Queen Street area on Tuesday, he saw a Heineken box with garbage in it, somewhere close to a bus stop. He emptied the box and that was when he noticed “the matter” was inside.
“I didn’t have it to sell nor I don’t even smoke,” he told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
Bedford also remembered a young man telling him that what he was holding was “hot”.
“I ask he what he mean by hot,” Bedford said, adding that in quick time the police arrived.
When they questioned him, he initially told them he found the drugs but later admitted they were his.
The pensioner was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on both possession counts but both sentences were suspended for six months.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the supply and trafficking counts.