A St Michael man was Tuesday given two weeks to pay a $850 fine for possession of cannabis in order to avoid two months behind bars.
But Valentino Alphonzo Barrow, 57, of St Paul’s Avenue, Bayville did not waste any time, and made sure he paid the fine before the day was over.
He was sentenced by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant after pleading guilty to having three grammes of the illegal substance.
According to the facts presented in court, police on mobile patrol along Probyn Street, the City became suspicious when the scent of cannabis emanated from a taxi in which Barrow and two others were travelling.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill said Barrow was also seen fidgeting after the taxi was ordered to stop.
When the vehicle was searched, three greaseproof wrappings containing vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis were found in the backseat and Barrow admitted he had bought the drugs from a man.
He was arrested and subsequently charged.