A 29-year-old mechanic had to part with $2,500 Thursday after he pleaded guilty to several drug charges.
Rickey Anthony Hoyte of Woodstock Road, Spooners Hill, St Michael was charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and cultivation of cannabis.
The illicit drug, according to Prosecutor Neville Watson, was found after lawmen executed a warrant at Hoyte’s residence around 4:30 a.m. today.
Watson said a transparent plastic bag containing weed was found on Hoyte’s bed.
When asked to account for it, he told police: “That is just a little marijuana I have here to smoke.”
A further search of his backyard was conducted and a plant was found under cultivation.
The cannabis weighed 233 grammes and had an estimated street value of $1,175.
Appearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick hours after his arrest, Hoyte said he was “wrong” for having the cannabis, but admitted to using drugs for “a little while now”.
The fine for the cultivation offence had to be paid forthwith for Hoyte to avoid a three-month stay in jail.
He was reprimanded and discharged on the other offences.
“You took this very lightly as this is your first time, but make sure you don’t come back,” Frederick advised Hoyte.