A 43-year-old man will have to pay $9,000 to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, if he wants to avoid spending nine months in jail.
Fabian Alonzo Alexander Miller, of Blackmans Road, My Lords Hill, St Michael, pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of eight pounds of cannabis, worth $15,000.
The illicit substance was found in garbage bags when police executed a search warrant at Miller’s residence on September 24.
“This is weed, but it is garbage I had to throw way,” Miller reportedly told police when asked to account for the drugs.
On Monday, Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim also suggested to the magistrate that the substances found were merely stalks in a bag, while appealing for his client, who was previously fined for a similar offence, to be given “one more chance” as this was his “second strike”.
However, Frederick pointed out that though the illegal substance may have been “garbage” in the eyes of the accused and his attorney, under the law, it is not.
He then imposed the $9,000 fine on Miller who was convicted of possession with intent to supply, and convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other offences.