An East End man who claims he uses marijuana to treat his diabetes has accused local law enforcement of tampering with evidence in his case.
Kelvin Mercer, a government employee, was reportedly found with 105 grams of cannabis and an undisclosed amount of dime bags at his Vanterpool Estate home on May 15 last year.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug but not guilty to possession with intent to supply.
During his trial on Tuesday, Mercer told the court that the cannabis that was found in his apartment and the cannabis brought before the court as evidence were different and he suspects that it was tampered with.
He claimed that his cannabis was found in one bag and was weighed, sealed and placed in an evidence bag in his presence at the Road Town Police Station. However, the marijuana brought before the court was now divided into four small bags.
He also said he does not recognize the signature on the evidence bag as his own.
He further said that, despite only having a search warrant for his home, police officers searched his sister’s home as well as an abandoned building.
He said he was brought to the aforementioned areas against his will and believes that one of the police officers who executed the search had a ‘vibe’ against him.
I use marijuana for my diabetes
In the meantime, the court heard that Mercer is suffering from diabetes and, as a result, uses between two to three dime bags of cannabis per day as medication for the illness.
When asked if he was using prescribed medication for his illness, Mercer said his diabetes was not ‘at a high stage yet’. He further said he once read that smoking cannabis could heal him.
He, however, rejected the prosecution’s claim that he was a supplier.
“I came to tell the truth today. I smoke, I got diabetes and I use it for my own use,” he told the court.
Mercer’s trial continues on Wednesday, October 17.
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