A man who claimed that the $32,000 worth of cannabis police found at his home Friday was to be used in tea to treat his skin cancer, was remanded to prison.
Cleveland Ernesta Clarke of Dover Crescent, Cave Hill, St Michael pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Friday afternoon to possession, possession with intent to supply, possession of a trafficable quantity, and cultivation of cannabis.
Sergeant Martin Rock told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that the illicit substance was found when lawmen executed a search warrant at Clarke’s home, earlier Friday.
Clarke handed over a plastic bowl with the substance which was under a bed, while police discovered cannabis stalks hanging in the shower.
“I had that there drying to drink in tea,” Clarke said when asked to account for the drugs.
The search was then extended to the backyard where 141 plants were found under cultivation.
“I had these here growing for about three months now,” Clarke told police about the marijuana plants that ranged in height from two inches to ten feet.
The cannabis, the police prosecutor said, weighed eight kilogrammes and had an estimated street value of $32,000.
“What!” the accused exclaimed on hearing the amount.
“I didn’t know the value of the product because it was for my personal use. I drink it for my skin. I am very sorry,” added Clarke, who said he occasionally drove route taxis.
However, the magistrate said he had reached a major roadblock since Clarke had received several chances in the past.
“I done with this from today, Sir. I have skin cancer so I usually drink it,” the man said, claiming that a pharmacist had told him to use the illicit substance to treat his ailment.
When asked whether he could pay a fine for the $32,000 drug find, Clarke was unable to give the magistrate a direct answer.
He was therefore remanded to HMP Dodds until June 23 when he will make another appearance before Magistrate Frederick.