A shopkeeper today pleaded guilty to three drug charges almost four years after he was first accused of the offences.
When the case against Ezra Stevenson Nelson of Green Park Lane, St Michael came up this morning, a witness had already taken to the stand to give evidence before Nelson told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that he wanted to change the not guilty plea entered when he made his first appearance in April 2013.
He then admitted to the unlawful possession of cannabis on April 6, 2013, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of 50 grammes of the illegal drug.
Having heard the facts at the beginning of the case, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant reprimanded and discharged Nelson on the offences of possession and intent to supply, but imposed a $1,500 fine, which must be paid in two months, for trafficking.
If Nelson fails to pay up, he will spend eight months in prison.
He returns to court on April 21 to present his receipt to the court.