A Fat Hogs Bay man who was caught with 26.4 grams of cannabis was fined $1,500 for the drugs when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Tuesday.
Forty-five-year-old plumber Kevin Small is to pay the fine in three months or, in default, he would spend three months at Her Majesty’s Prison.
He was fined after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled drug and possession of a cannabis with intent to supply to another.
Small was also fined an additional $500 for breaking a number of traffic laws. He was also given three months to pay the fine, or in default, he will spend another three months in prison.
He pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle with a license plate to which it was not assigned, driving an uninsured vehicle, driving an unlicensed vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a licensed sticker that was not affixed by a licensing officer.
How the drugs were found
The court heard that on March 7 this year, while on mobile patrol, police was alerted to the smell of cannabis emitting from a vehicle on the Free Bottom public road.
The vehicle and the sole occupant – Small, was then searched for anything illegal.
Police found an aerosol can with a large ziplock bag containing smaller ziplock bags that contained the drugs.
Empty ziplock bags were also found in the vehicle.
Police also recovered two bundles of cash amounting to $722.
He was subsequently arrested and brought to the Road Town Police Station.
At the station, further investigations revealed that his vehicle was not fit for road use and he was slapped with the traffic-related offences.
During his interview with police, Small reportedly said the cannabis belonged to him.
He also reportedly told police that he was a ‘hustler’ and that was what he was doing when he was arrested.
As such, the sum of $722 was forfeited to the state.
Attorney Stacy Abel represented Small.
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