The drugs found in the car he was driving were not his, insisted Rick Jabarry Clarke.
But because he was the driver of the vehicle he was willing to accept full responsibility.
The 29-year-old, of Phillips’ Road, St Stephen’s Hill, St Michael, will however have to wait until a pre-sentencing report is complete before he knows his fate.
Clarke pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today to possession, intent to supply and trafficking of cannabis, as well as having apparatus intended for use.
“I had someone in the car and that person left the drugs in it, but as I was driving and in control of the the car I accept the blame,” the accused told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today.
However, when asked if he used the illegal drug, Clarke admitted he did.
“I don’t use it so hard though. I would smoke a joint on the weekend. Plus, I have a bad foot and it helps the pain,” he said.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons told the court that police were summoned to Cavans Lane and saw Clarke standing in the docking area of pleasure craft MC Buccaneer.
As the lawmen approached, Clarke began to walk hastily to his car, which aroused their suspicion.
He was stopped and later consented to a search of his person and the car.
Under the rear seat they found a black plastic bag containing ziplock bags with the vegetable matter.
The drugs weighed 62 grammes and had a street value of $310.
A further search also revealed two scissors and a scale.
Clarke’s attorney Brian Clarke asked the magistrate to be lenient on his client as he had not wasted the court’s time by entering an early guilty plea and had a disability.
He said the guilty man was also the primary caretaker of his two children.
The magistrate released him on $1,500 bail and adjourned the matter until July 13.