A drug analysis certificate has indicated that a Cane Garden Bay man had considerably fewer drugs than what police accused him of having.
The court heard that at the time of his arrest in August last year, Donnell Blyden was charged for having 65 grams of cannabis.
However, the findings of a subsequent drug analysis detailed to the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday indicates 47.5 grams of cannabis — 17.5 grams less than what police claimed Blyden had in his possession. Prosecutors subsequently made the amendments.
Blyden, in the meantime, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug but not guilty to possession with intent to supply to another.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that about 11 am on the day in question, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force were conducting a routine stop-and-search operation in the vicinity of Sage Mountain on Tortola.
The accused, who was driving a silver pickup truck, was pulled over and asked if anything illegal was in the vehicle. The court heard that the defendant responded that he had an ounce of cannabis and gave police consent to search his vehicle.
Police subsequently found a brown paper bag with green vegetative matter suspected of being cannabis. A further search uncovered a small ziplock bag with a few empty dime bags and four dime bags containing more of the substance.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.
Some of the drugs were ‘payment’
When questioned by police, Blyden reportedly said the cannabis in the paper bag was for his own personal use while the cannabis in the ziplock bag was given to him as payment by someone who owed him money.
His matter was adjourned to April 3.
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