A 24-year-old mother of three was reprimanded today when she appeared before a Bridgetown magistrate on a drug charge.
Shereece Latoya Bishop, of Rock Gap, New Orleans, St Michael pleaded guilty to having a small quantity of cannabis in her possession on May 3.
The illegal substance, which was in a plastic bag in Bishop’s backyard, was discovered when police executed a search warrant at her residence, Sergeant Robert Jones disclosed.
“The drugs belong to me,” she told police when asked to account for the substance.
In the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today the young mother explained that she used the “leaves to make tea”. She told Magistrate Douglas Frederick she “just heard about” using the drug but it had not been prescribed to her by a doctor.
Bishop made the comments after her attorney-at-law Romain Marshall urged the court to show the first-time offender some leniency.
“Being in the station since Sunday and I know that is not a punishment . . . it’s an experience that she will not forget,” the defence counsel submitted.
Bishop was reprimanded and discharged for the offence. No conviction is to be recorded against her.
“Do not find yourself back here again,” Magistrate Frederick warned.
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