For someone with no previous convictions, Jamario Akiel King “started at the top of the class”.
That was the view of Magistrate Douglas Frederick, after the 22-year-old admitted to trying to import cannabis in a motorcycle muffler.
King, of St Judes, St George, pleaded guilty to possession, trafficking, supplying and importing the illegal drug when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
According to prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Pinder, police received information and went to the General Post Office in Cheapside, St Michael where they encountered King in possession of a box.
That box contained a motorcycle muffler and a strong scent was coming from it.
That aroused the suspicion of police and he was taken to the police station.
When the muffler was dismantled, a transparent vacuum seal package containing vegetable matter was found inside.
“Them is mine,” was King’s response when he was asked to account for the drugs, weighing 254 grammes and carrying a street value of $2,000.
Today, King’s attorney Romario Straker described him as an industrious young man who annually went to work with the Canadian Farm Labour Programme.
He also pointed out that he was a first-time offender who had not wasted the court’s time.
“He is very young and it serves no purpose having him rub shoulders with seasoned criminals,” Straker argued.
However, the magistrate was concerned about the complexity of King’s actions.
He said it was not the normal type of charge for a first-timer.
“This is a complex matter. To import drugs concealed in a muffler, it isn’t as if the drugs were found in his back pocket,” he explained.
“There is a degree of complexity for a man who is not known to the court. This looks like an enterprise . . . . He has gone straight to the top of the class.”
As such, the magistrate ordered a pre-sentencing report and granted him $3,000 bail.
King will return to court on July 6, 2018.