A 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty to four drug charges in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Friday will know his fate in another 28 days.
Leroy Andrew Deterville of Denton Road, Grazettes, St Michael confessed to possession, possession with intent to supply, possession of a trafficable quantity and cultivation of cannabis.
The illegal drugs were found when police executed a search warrant earlier Friday at a house where Deterville resides.
When police arrived, a female answered the door. It was while she was speaking with them that lawmen observed Deterville running towards the kitchen.
On gaining entry to the house, police followed the man and found him in the enclosed backyard uprooting cannabis plants.
Deterville admitted that the drugs, which weighed 1.5 kilogrammes and had a $6,000 estimated street value, were his.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock told Magistrate Douglas Frederick the young man was known to the law courts but not for similar offences.
“I sorry . . . for planting the illegal substance. . . . I know I was wrong and ask the court for forgiveness. I was unemployed and have a little baby,” Deterville said Friday afternoon when asked by the magistrate whether he had anything to say.
His explanation did not suffice and Frederick questioned why he could not invest his time in something that was legal.
“What is wrong with cutting grass or planting pumpkin or peppers, or fishing?” Frederick asked. “Police can’t arrest you with them.”
However, Deterville’s legal troubles did not end there, as it was discovered that not only did he not pay a $350 fine previously imposed by another magistrate, but there was also a warrant out for his arrest.
“My mother pay the money, Sir,” Deterville claimed. “Right now I don’t want to do no jail, Sir. Jail hard right now. I want to be out here.”
However, the magistrate responded: “You are a head ears boy. Quick money don’t last. Is that worth it? You had to think about that every time you water those plants, every time you toiled the soil; say ‘this is trouble’,” the magistrate said as he remanded Deterville to prison until July 14.