After pleading guilty to four drug charges, Hallam DaCosta Bourne now has to dig deep to pay the District ‘B’ Magistrates’ Court a $5 000 fine.
The 51-year-old of Montrose, Christ Church pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and cultivation of 1.2 kilos of cannabis.
Bourne admitted to the offence when he appeared before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale on Tuesday.
According to the facts presented by police prosecutor Sergeant Carrison Henry, lawmen executed a search warrant at Bourne’s home around 7:33 a.m. on November 1, as a result of information they received.
The search was executed in the presence of Bourne’s sister, since he was not at home at the time.
The prosecutor said six plants under cultivation were found in a galvanized enclosure in the backyard. A loose quantity of cannabis was also found in a drink case near the back door.
Bourne arrived home around 8:45 a.m. while police were conducting the search and he was asked to account for the drugs.
He admitted knowledge and possession of the cannabis, which had an estimated street value of $4 800.
The magistrate convicted, reprimanded and discharged Bourne on the charges of possession and possession with intent to supply.
However, on the charge of trafficking, Seale ordered him to pay the court a $2 500 fine in one month, with an alternative of one year in prison.
Bourne was also ordered to pay a second $2 500 fine on the charge of cultivation, which must be paid in eight weeks or he will spend 18 months behind bars.