Donnell Blyden of Cane Garden Bay has four months to pay a $2,600 fine for possession of 47.5 grams cannabis.
If he fails to pay, he will serve six months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut
Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo handed down the sentence on Wednesday
The court heard that
Blyden had also been charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply but that charge was withdrawn.
What the court heard happened
At about 11 am on August 27 last year, police were conducting a routine stop-and-search operation in the vicinity of Sage Mountain on Tortola when they noticed the offender driving a pickup truck.
They signalled for him to stop then asked if he was travelling with anything illegal. Blyden said he had an ounce of cannabis and gave police consent to search his vehicle.
Police subsequently found a paper bag containing the drug. 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.
When questioned by police, Blyden reportedly said the cannabis in the paper bag was for his personal use while the cannabis in the ziplock bag was given to him as payment by someone who owed him money.
Initially, he was charged for having 65 grams of cannabis. But a subsequent drug analysis showed the weight of the substance to be considerably less.
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