A Long Look man has been fined $3,000 in the Magistrate’s Court for possession of 6.5 grams of cannabis.
Curtis Eddy will spend six months at Her Majesty’s Prison if he fails to pay the sum by November 4.
Eddy had pleaded not guilty to the offence but was convicted at the conclusion of his trial on Tuesday. Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo found him guilty.
In handing down the sentence, the court took into consideration his previous conviction for the same offence as an aggravating factor.
The magistrate said it is apparent the $1,000 fine he was slapped with back in 2017 for having 9.4 grams of cannabis did not serve as a deterrent.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on September 20 last year, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force intercepted a vehicle which was occupied by Eddy and three others.
The court heard that when he was asked if he was in possession of anything illegal, Eddy reportedly said ‘one blunt’.
The officers reportedly instructed the occupants to remain seated in the vehicle. However, Eddy reportedly disobeyed and stepped out of the vehicle.
He was then seen removing a clear plastic bag from a backpack he was wearing. he discarded the item in the bushes, the court heard.
Police however retrieved the discarded item some time after.
It is said that police found the item to be cannabis. However, Eddy insisted that it was garbage.
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