marshall blames his friend for $5 bag of drugs
Maron Marlo Marshall blamed his friend for ending up in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
Marshall, 25, of St Patricks, Christ Church pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, as well as having apparatus for the use of cannabis when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
He explained to the court that he had not left home with the drugs, but had received it from a friend while on his way to Rockley, Christ Church.
“I am sorry for what I did and it will never happen again. It was the biggest mistake and I never should have done it,” Marshall lamented.
After asking the first-time offender if he rather pay a fine or do community service, Marshall opted to pay the fine.
However, he asked the magistrate for some time to come up with the money.
Frederick then fined him $300 in two weeks, with an alternative of two weeks in prison for possession, and reprimanded and discharged him for having the apparatus.
The magistrate also told him that no conviction would be recorded against him.
The court had earlier heard from Sergeant Martin Rock that Marshall was spotted by an island constable sitting on Rockley Beach.
He was observed pulling a substance from his pocket and when approached by the island constable, he consented to a search.
That search revealed the drugs in his right pants pocket, while the wrappers were found in a red container.
The drugs weighed one gramme, with a street value of $5.