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.
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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