$1000 fine for drug trafficker
He might not have had any intention to ‘sell weed’, but that didn’t prevent Tramaine Ramon Gittens from having to pay $1000 to the court for trafficking cannabis.
When the 22-year-old farmer of Skeetes Road, Jackmans, St Michael appeared before Magistrate Alliston Seale this morning in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, trafficking and intent to supply 27 grams of the drug, valued at $135.
Just before the Magistrate issued the fine, Gittens asked him if he could say something, to which the judge said yes.
“But Sir, I wasn’t selling the drugs or anything. It was just my weed to smoke,” the first-time offender said, as he queried why he was being charged for trafficking.
However, Seale then explained to him that once a person is held with more than 15 grams of cannabis, that person is automatically charged with trafficking as well as with intent to supply, regardless of if they intend to sell it or not.
The Magistrate then fined him $1000 forthwith with an alternative of six months in prison.
“If you can find $1000 now, you don’t have to pay any other money,” Seale told him.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other two charges.
The fine was paid.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Theodore McClean, police executed a search warrant at the house of the accused. While searching his bedroom, they found the drugs concealed in a speaker box.
When interviewed by police, Gittens admitted ownership and knowledge of the drugs. He was subsequently charged.