A 39-year-old landscaper who was found with over $68, 000 worth of cannabis in and around his home will spend the next 18 months in prison.
When Alvin Anthony Squires, of Sealy Hall, St John, appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch on Tuesday he pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply, possession with intent to traffic and cultivation of the illegal drug on April 17.
According to Station Sergeant Peter Barrow police executed a search warrant at Squires’ residence around 5:55 a.m. on Tuesday.
In the home, which is solely occupied by him, lawmen found loose quantities of cannabis on an ironing board; in several bags on the floor of a bedroom; on shelves in a wardrobe; as well as hanging from a shoelace.
“All I could say is it is a smoke. I does boil it and drink it too,” he told police when asked to account for the illegal substance, which weighed 411 grammes, and had a $2,055 estimated street value.
Lawmen then ventured to the upper level of the house, which is under construction, and found 146 plants varying from seedlings to four feet in height attached to soil in plant pots, bags and plastic containers.
An additional 914 plants were also discovered on the left side of the house. The plants, which were as tall as five feet, weighed 16.6 kilogrammes and carry a $66,400 street value.
“These is mine. These is what I does plant and boil back,” Squires allegedly told police just before his arrest.
The Chief Magistrate imposed 18-month sentences for the possession and cultivation charges, which will run concurrently.
Squires was however convicted, reprimanded and discharged for possession with intent to supply and reprimanded and discharged on the possession with intent to traffick charge.