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Woman fined for keeping man’s cannabis

Rosella Ottley was fined $900 in the Magistrate’s Court after she was found holding drugs for her co-accused on August 5 last year.

She pleaded guilty to the charged of possession of 14 grams of cannabis when she appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo recently.

Ottley has until April 15 to pay the fine. If she fails to pay, she will spend two months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.

In the meantime, her co-accused Corey Butler of West End was charged with possession of 26 grams of cannabis and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another.

He pleaded guilty to having possession of the drug but not guilty to possession of the drug with intent to supply.

His trial is set for June 18.

What the court heard happened

The court heard that about 8:10 pm on the day in question, the pair was travelling in a vehicle in the vicinity of Sage Mountain on Tortola when the were signalled by police to stop.

During a subsequent search of the duo, police uncovered a quantity of cannabis in the right rear pant pocket of Butler who was the driver.

“Officer, that’s my smoke stash,” Butler reportedly told police.

A small weighing scale, a quantity of dime bags, and $3,714 cash belonging to Butler was allegedly found in the vehicle.

Ottley was also searched, and more cannabis was found on her person.

“It’s not mine,” she reportedly told law enforcers when questioned.

Ottley reportedly told police in a subsequent interview that Butler gave her the drugs to keep in her purse.

The duo was not represented by an attorney.

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  1. pronto says:

    deport um!

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  2. Shark says:

    Why the first thing for some people is deport. Do you think that every crime committed is people from other islands. BVI people commit crime in other places that they reside and you never her deport them.

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  3. Interested. says:

    My question is whether the police can search private property without reasonable grounds of suspicion and without a search warrant. Of course they can hold the vehicle until one is obtained but still they have to have reasonable suspicion to obtain the search warrant. I think it is great that they are able to arrest offenders but not at the expense at impeding the rights of citizens.

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    • take says:

      time to go learn the law. you pea brain ppl in the bvi think the police like flashlight cops just because they dont carry guns. there are laws and those laws govern the land and the bloody people. the police have more rights than u flipping think. like i say “why not take the time to read the law, you WILL be really interested in what u will learn.” FOOL

  4. take says:

    time to go learn the law. you pea brain ppl in the bvi think the police like flashlight cops just because they dont carry guns. there are laws and those laws govern the land and the bloody people. the police have more rights than u flipping think. like i say “why not take the time to read the law, you WILL be really interested in what u will learn.” FOOL

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