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8 offences | Cops hold confessed dealer with marijuana, cocaine

Malik Maduro outside the courthouse. File photo

Police have charged Malik Maduro with eight new offences after catching him driving with 157 grams of marijuana and seven grams of cocaine.

He was hauled before the Magistrate’s Court last week where he pleaded guilty to all eight offences.

The offender is now awaiting sentencing for two counts of possession of a controlled drug and two counts of drug possession with intent to supply.

The convicted felon will also be sentenced for operating a vehicle without a license, driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving without insurance, and using a plate for which it hasn’t been assigned.

What happened

Reports are that on March 27, a well-known traffic cop was on duty in the Pasea Estate area when he saw Maduro driving.

The police officer signalled Maduro to stop and the offender complied.

During an inspection of the vehicle, the law enforcement officer noticed that the license sticker on Maduro’s vehicle did not correspond to the license plate.

And as the cop stood in front of the vehicle in question, Maduro grabbed a bag from the vehicle and bolted away.

It is reported that dime bags containing marijuana fell from Maduro’s bag as he ran.

The offender escaped and his vehicle was impounded. However, police found and arrested him sometime after.

Drug trafficking accouchements 

During a subsequent search of the vehicle during Maduro’s presence, police discovered digital scales, bags of cannabis and cocaine, empty ziplock bags, Big Bambu wrapping paper, among other things.

Maduro was subsequently charged.

Prosecutors told the court that the marijuana recovered had a street value of $1,570 while the cocaine found had a street value of $700.

After listening to the report, Senior Magistrate activated a one-year prison sentence that she had suspended for a previous burglary offence nearly two years ago.

“He (Maduro) has graduated from a burglar. He has accouchements of drug trafficking,” she said while activating the sentence.

Maduro will be sentenced for the new offences on June 6.

Ahead of that date, the offender asked the court for leniency.

“I really sorry about it,” he said.

“If you could give me a chance to see my children [again] … I’d feel good”.

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  1. Gumption. Official says:

    Don’t support the white stuff. A general comment: On another note I’m really disturbed by the amount of fairly mature young man/woman doing things then having regrets only due to being caught. I alway trying to tell my circle to always think about (The what if, the maybe, the could of etc) before doing the actions. The only people who win most times are lawyers. Government get a bit for we the tax cover that cost. Guilty or not lawyers get paid. No one is perfect, I’m not. But not being perfect doesn’t give me the excuse to do bad things but give me reasons to do the best I can.

  2. Sins of the fathers says:

    Pray for this child. He needs prayers.

  3. Ah whoa says:

    No leniency said karma

  4. S says:

    Legalize marijuana man

  5. What! says:

    Never sorry until caught.

  6. Ah whoa says:

    Throw away the key.well look at karma

  7. Laws are Constructed for all not Some says:

    Laws are constructed, enacted and enforced to do two things:

    1.Prohibit an act or actions.

    2.Change or discourage behaviors deemed bad or wrong “in society’s view.”

    If any law is violated, there are consequences, as should be. Of major concern to observers, however, is one of fairness and equal application of the law across the board.

    Are the apprehension, enforcement and incarnation of “only one segment of a/the population” for minor drug offenses right, moral and fair? Which is only “young African Caribbean” youths.

    1.It appears that a vast statistical number exist between the “local population,” which is a small number in relation to the full population, that are incarcerated for minor marijuana possession/use.

    2.Yet, there are two major communities in existence in the BVI, one of African Caribbean heritage and the other of European.

    3.Statistical evidence from the USA and EU all indicate that the European consumes as much or more marijuana and cocaine as any other racial group.

    So some questions of concern with regards to unequal search, seizes, confiscation, arrest and prosecution are being asked, given that all communities have smugglers, dealers, pushers and consumers.

    From keen observation, however, only members of the African Caribbean community, and most specifically the “local native young men,” seem to be the ones targeted for search, seizure, arrest, prosecution and incarceration.

    1.So, who supplies the local EU community?

    2.Who polices their neighborhoods?

    3.Who enforces the drug laws in them?

    4. Do they have free passes with regards to BVI laws? If so, why?

    5.Why are there no cases ever brought against not even one of their residents, and none are incarcerated as far as the public is aware?

    6. Is there a double standard within law enforcement with regards to illicit drug sale and use?

    Further, who supplies the segregated EU communities here in the BVI with their mind altering substances of choice that are deemed “illegal”?

    Lastly, when will one community cease from bearing the brunt of law enforcement to the drug trade and usage, to the advantage of another?

    When will the law be enforced equally across the board?

  8. Father Time says:

    Surprised the fact that he’s a ‘belonger’ wasn’t highlighted. Or do we only do that for ‘down islanders’ ?

    • Friend says:

      It looks like some of ayo expats want all the natives of these beautiful islands go to jail so ayo could take over country.We are in our country not ayo own so if we do wrong it’s in our country but ayo want to leave ayo own and come in our and do wrong we must not say anything now that’s wrong.

  9. Wendy says:

    “A well known traffic cop was on duty….” Luv it!

  10. youths says:

    So he gone jail and those who stole our 7 million gone free????

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