A St Michael man’s pleas to be given a fine for drug offences rather than jail, were not enough to prevent a Bridgetown magistrate from remanding him to HMP Dodds.
Dwight Ramon Maradona Edwin, 28, of Gaskin Road, Fairfield, Black Rock, will remain in custody at the St Philip penal institution until next Friday after pleading guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and cultivation of cannabis, which had an estimated street value of $16 000.
When Edwin appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick Thursday, the court heard from the police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson that lawmen executed a search warrant in Edwin’s enclosed yard where they found 14 marijuana plants.
He admitted to officers then that he was the owner of the illegal substance.
Edwin told the court today that he used the drug, “to cook and make tea”. He further explained that the substance had been helping treat a rash on his back.
“I am real sorry, Sir,” Edwin said. “I could promise you, Sir, I would not do it again . . . because I do not want to set this path for my children.”
But he also admitted that he had been before Magistrate Frederick on a similar charge and had received community service for the offence.
Even so, he pleaded for a chance to remain in society to take care of his family obligations.
“I only use it for my personal use, Sir,” Edwin stated, to which Frederick responded: “But you gone big . . . . You got a whole farm there . . . after I gave you a chance the first time.”
“Please give me a chance, Sir, to pay a fine, Sir. . . . I am willing to pay whatever it takes,” Edwin further pleaded.
However, after much consideration the magistrate remanded him into custody until October 28 when he is expected to be sentenced.