If Vallam Orlando Lewis wishes to avoid going to jail he will have to keep out of trouble for the next nine months.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick placed the 58-year-old labourer of Combermere Street, St. Michael on a bond to keep the peace for the next nine months after he pleaded guilty to two charges when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
Lewis admitted to having apparatus for the use of cocaine as well as having cannabis in his possession on December 19, 2018.
Prosecutor Station Sergeant Carrison Henry said police were on patrol on Bay Street when they saw Lewis run across the road towards the area of Copacabana with a bag in his hand.
When police approached him he reached into the bag and threw a bottle on the ground, causing it to break. Police retrieved the fragments and realized they contained residue which they suspected to be cocaine.
A further search of the bag revealed a greaseproof wrapping that contained vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis. The drugs weighed 10 grams and had a street value of $50.
“I had now come from working and the bag had in all of my clothes and things. I had the pipe and I know I wasn’t supposed to have it so I brek it,” Lewis told the magistrate.
“I aint been in court in nine or 10 years Sir and I begging yuh not to send me jail,” he pleaded.
Frederick then placed him on the bond for having the illegal drugs. If he breaches it he will spend six months in prison.
He then convicted, reprimanded and discharged him for the apparatus.