A 36-year-old repeat drug offender was back before the law courts today.
Kevin Antonio McConney, of Bedford Lane, Roebuck Street, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick where he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cannabis and one count of possession with intent to supply and having a trafficable quantity of the drug on July 18.
According to Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds, police were conducting an operation in McConney’s community when they spotted him fidgeting with his pocket.
A search was requested and 28 small Ziploc bags with the drug, weighing six grammes, were found in his boxers.
“This is mine. I was just trying to do a little hustle,” he allegedly told the police at the time.
A search warrant was also executed at his residence where 77 grammes of the drug were also discovered.
“Officer that is just a little shake off,” he responded when asked to account for the substance.
His attorney Romain Marshall, in appealing for a lenient sentence, told Magistrate Douglas Frederick his client had cooperated with police and had not wasted the court’s time. He also argued that there was no level of sophistication involved in the offence and that the most aggravating feature was the quantum of drugs found.
He then asked for a fine to be imposed on McConney.
However, Frederick pointed out that the accused had started with cocaine in 1999 and had a number of subsequent convictions before returning before the court in 2016, 2017 and now in 2018.
“Does this mean I will see you in 2019 and 2020?” Frederick asked the accused.
“I is a man everyday I does smoke, that is a habit. I does boil it to make tea and rub my shoulder . . . . It was packaged so because that is how I buy it, $50 worth . . . It is just unfortunate for me that I get back here again,” McConney said in his own defence.
For his crime he was given three months to pay the court a $1,500 fine if he wants to avoid spending six months at Dodds.