A Sophie Bay resident was slapped with a $6,000 fine in the Magistrate’s Court for cocaine possession.
Shaunlee Fahie was sentenced this month after pleading guilty to 7.8 grams of the drug.
Magistrate Shawn Innocent ordered the offender to pay the fine in 30 days or spend six months in prison.
Fahie had also been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply to another. He pleaded not guilty but that matter was dismissed for want of prosecution.
The said matter had several adjournments and was down for its final one earlier this month.
When the matter was finally called for the trial to begin, the Crown still had not provided a critical drug analysis certificate that was required to indicate that the substance in question was in fact cocaine.
The no-nonsense Magistrate Innocent did not accept the Crown’s statement that they were still not ready to proceed with the trial so he ordered that the matter be dismissed.
The court heard that Fahie was found with the drugs during a traffic stop on January 21.
He was reportedly driving an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle with an unassigned number plate.
He was fined $500 for the offence of driving an unlicensed vehicle. He was given one month to pay the sum or in default, he will spend three months in prison.
For the other traffic offences, he was fined a combined sum of $250, which he was ordered to pay forthwith. A total default sentence of four months imprisonment was attached to that $250 fine.
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