A Dominica man was fined $500 after a stash of cannabis contained in a small ziplock bag in his pocket fell on the floor of the East End Police Station while he was making a report.
Julius Audain has up to one month to pay the fine or, in default, will spend 30 days at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
The accused man was sentenced after pleading guilty.
Audain told the court that he forgot he had the cannabis at the time. He further said he used cannabis because he had ‘problems.’
“Take it to the Lord in prayer and be thankful for what you have. All of us have problems,” Magistrate Innocent then told the 51-year-old drug offender.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on April 24 last year, Audain was at the aforesaid police station making a report when he was asked to provide some form of identification.
He then reached for his driver’s license in his pants pocket. As he then proceeded to remove his hands from his pocket, a transparent bag containing green vegetable matter fell to the ground in the presence of police.
He was questioned about the contents of the bag and he confirmed that it was cannabis.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.
The drugs were weighed and amounted to 17 grams, It had a street value of $170.
Ahead of his sentencing, attorney-at-law Nelcia St Jean, who represented Audain, had asked the court to be lenient to the first time offender.
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