St George man pleads guilty to trafficking
When a Smith Land, Bridge Cot, St. George resident went before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court on Saturday, he pleaded guilty to six charges.
Andrew Keron Holder, 27, confessed that on Friday he had cannabis, trafficked and intended to supply it.
According to acting Station Sergeant Peter Barrow, police were carrying out an operation at Nursery Drive Terminal in Bridgetown.
While there, they noticed Holder quickly walking away from the area. He was grabbing the crotch of his pants at the time and his actions aroused the suspicions of Constables Michael Sargeant and Rommel Boyce.
As the lawmen approached Holder, he cuffed at Sargeant and the blow landed in his throat. Boyce then held on to Holder who struggled violently.
Holder was subdued and searched. A flick knife was found in one of his pockets. Additionally, three greaseproof wrappings had fallen from his pants during the struggle.
There was also a small quantity of loose cannabis in a transparent plastic bag which Holder had in the crotch of his underwear.
Holder told the court that his girlfriend was pregnant so he decided to sell weed to “make a little dollar”.
Magistrate Bannister imposed a $1 000 forthwith fine for having the weapon, with six months imprisonment as an alternative. For having the marijuana, Holder was fined a further $1 000 forthwith or he will have to spend 100 days in jail.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the intent charge and no further penalty was imposed for trafficking. However, he was sentenced for three months on the charges of assault and resisting the two officers.
Since none of the fines were paid, the convicted man will be incarcerated for the next six months.