A 32-year-old St Michael man was Thursday fined $5,000 for cultivating marijuana in his backyard.
Edward Ricardo Kellman, of Number 32, Lodge Terrace, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the No.2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court to growing the illegal drug on July 27, 2017.
Kellman also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and trafficking the controlled drug.
In outlining the facts of the case, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons told the court that police conducted a search of the accused’s home on the day in question and found one marijuana plant growing in a pot, as well as several others in a fish tank in the backyard.
On the cultivation charge, the first time offender was ordered to pay a fine in seven months or face 12 months in prison. He was reprimanded and discharged for the other offences, but is required to return to court on February 28, 2018.