Albert Peter Yearwood ran when he saw police outside of his home, but he couldn’t run from four drug charges when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
After pleading guilty to the charges of possession, trafficking, and cultivation of cannabis with intent to supply on January 20, 2018, the 55-year-old, of 2nd Avenue, Garden Land, Country Road, St Michael, was ordered by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to pay the court $2, 000 by July 19. Failure to do so will result in a 12-month prison term.
The fine was attached to the cultivation charge. However, Yearwood was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for the other offences.
He explained that he had grown the illegal drugs because he needed money.
“I was wrong and I am asking for leniency from the court. I did it because I’m not working and money was coming in slow because all I do is some baking,” the accused said.
When he was initially asked how long he would need to pay the fine, he said a lengthy period.
“That would take me about two years on my salary. I only bake bread,” Yearwood said, before asking for six months.
“I will give you two months,” was the magistrate’s reply.
The court heard from prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons that when police executed a warrant at Yearwood’s home on January 20, he was at the front of his residence but ran away. The warrant was executed in his absence and 11 cannabis plants, ranging in height from two to eight inches, were found.
Another warrant was executed at his home on May 15, but nothing illegal was found.
Yearwood was subsequently held by police and questioned in relation to the January 20 warrant.
“I was home and I heard a sound and look up and see the police and I run because I know I had marijuana trees,” he said.
The drugs weighed 122 grammes and had a street value of $610.