A Jamaican national will spend the next 18 months at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds after pleading guilty to a number of drug related offences.
Thirty-year-old Bassonia Collister McDermouth was charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of cannabis as well as the possession of counterfeit currency.
McDermouth arrived here last Thursday. After clearing Immigration he was interviewed by members of the Drug Squad. A subsequent search of his personal effects revealed the counterfeit currency.
He was also referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he passed out a total of 60 packages of cannabis wrapped in transparent tape.
Today, McDermouth appeared before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District “B” Magistrates’ Court and was fined $4000 forthwith or 18 months in prison for trafficking cannabis.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for the remaining offences and was not required to plea to the possession of counterfeit currency. The fine was not paid and McDermouth was therefore sentenced to prison