A 43-year-old barber had to shave off $1,000 of his earnings Monday after admitting to several drug charges.
But that’s not all. Duaine Gregory Ellis of Codrington Road, St Michael also has until August 25 to pay the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court another $3,500 fine.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Vernon Waithe, lawmen executed a search warrant at Ellis’ home yesterday, and while nothing illegal was found in the house, eight potted marijuana plants were discovered in the backyard. Asked to account for them, Ellis admitted knowledge and ownership of the plants which were three feet tall, weighed approximately 0.7 kilogrammes and had a $3,000 estimated street value.
He was charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, possession of a trafficable quantity of cannabis, and cultivation.
Attorney Marlon Gordon who represented Ellis told Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court that his client was not known to the law courts and had the drug for his own use.
After hearing the facts and the lawyer’s arguments, Bannister ordered that Ellis pay the court $1,000 forthwith on the possession with intent to supply charge or spend 100 days in jail. The money was paid.
The $3,500 fine was imposed on the possession charge which must be paid on or before the stipulated date if he wants to avoid spending three months in jail.
Ellis was then granted bail in the sum of $5,000, which he secured with one surety.