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‘I am not a troublemaker; marijuana is for stress’

Not the marijuana mentioned in the story

A confessed drug offender, who told the Magistrate’s Court that he uses marijuana to fight stress, has been ordered to seek drug counselling.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards gave the order to Keshawn Baronville after he pleaded guilty to possession of 0.5 grams of the controlled drug.

“Your Honour, I am not a troublemaker. I simply use the substance when I’m a little stressed out… I apologise for holding up the court’s time,” a seemingly remorseful Baronville said after he answered to the charge.

Magistrate Richards then granted him $10,000 signed bail.

Meanwhile, reports are that, on December 24 last year, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force met Baronville at his Fat Hog’s Bay residence.

The police had visited the residence to execute a search warranted in relation to a different matter.

Before the search, police asked Baronville if he had anything illegal on his property.

“Just a little joint,” he reportedly responded before he handed over the illicit substance to law enforcers.

He was subsequently charged.

The 23-year-old is now marked for sentencing.

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