St Lucy man Jefferson Tremayne Brome is out $500 after pleading guilty to three drug charges.
Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes gave the 28-year-old from Hannays Village, 12 weeks in which to pay the fine. However, he settled the amount with the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today avoiding the alternative of 30 days in prison at Dodds.
Police were conducting operations on December 18 when they turned on the beacon and siren signaling for the car which Brome was driving to pull over. However before doing so lawmen observed two containers being thrown from the vehicle. They were retrieved.
In one container was a loose quantity of vegetable substance and in the other 29 Ziploc bags also containing the same substance, station sergeant Crishna Graham disclosed in reading the facts.
“All that weed is mine,” Brome said when asked to account for the items.
Mitigating on his behalf attorneyat-law Neville Reid told the Chief Magistrate his client was an “industrious and enterprising” young man who had thrown himself at the mercy of the court at the earliest opportunity.
He said not only was Brome a farmer but he also owned a valet service, and had eight full time employees and four temporary staff.
He said the marijuana which weighed 19 grammes and had an estimated street value of $95 was for Brome’s personal use.
“I don’t know why they think they need to smoke . . . But society is taking a more liberal view of marijuana . . . .but the law is the law,” Reid submitted.
He then urged the Weekes to consider imposing a period of probation on Brome, who is known to the court.
Weekes instead imposed the fine on the trafficking charge.Brome was reprimanded and discharged on the other two offences.