A Lower Estate man that was found with a relatively large quantity of cannabis and $1,770 cash told police he sold the drugs because his salary as a sales clerk was not enough for him to survive.
Twenty-two-year-old Randolph Wescott was given a one-year suspended sentence for the offence of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another.
Magistrate Shawn Innocent also ordered that the $1,770 — which Wescott admitted were proceeds of crime — be forfeited to government’s coffers.
Notably, he was not charged with possession of proceeds of criminal conduct.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that police were in the Lower Estate community for an unrelated matter on March 7 when they were alerted to the scent of burning cannabis.
The scent led them to a parked vehicle, inside of which Wescott lived. He claimed that he lived out of the vehicle because he was displaced by last year’s hurricanes.
The court heard that police the searched his vehicle and found a partially smoked cannabis cigarette, and after a further search uncovered 173 grams of cannabis, a scale, and a record book.
The book reportedly contained several names of persons Wescott conducted his illegal business with.
Wescott was subsequently arrested, charged, and granted police bail.
When asked to offer mitigation on his behalf in court on Tuesday, Wescott said: “I don’t make enough money.”
He said he got the drugs at no cost and was just trying to earn ‘extra money’.
Magistrate Innocent told the offender he would not impose any fines as he (Wescott) would likely return to selling drugs to pay the court.
And bearing in mind the offender’s personal circumstances, the court opted to impose the one-year suspended sentence.
If Wescott commits another crime within that period, he will spend 12 months at Her Majesty’s Prison.
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