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
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.
Copyright 2021 BVI News, Media Expressions Limited. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.