“$5 bag” costs man $750
After throwing away a wrapper containing cannabis for fear of being caught, Kelly Glen Francis then threw himself at the mercy of the court.
As a result, he will now have four weeks to come up $750, or he will spend three months in prison.
When the 37-year-old route taxi driver of Green Hill, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this afternoon, he quickly pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
The repeat drug offender however begged the court for mercy when asked if he had anything to say.
“I throw myself at the mercy of the court,” Francis pleaded.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick then browsed through his previous convictions, some of which were also for possession of illegal drugs.
“You like paying the court money?” the magistrate asked him, before punishing him with the fine.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock told the court that as officers approached Francis today to speak with him, a pungent smell aroused their suspicion.
Before they got any opportunity to search him, Francis took a paper wrapping from his pants pocket and threw it way.
The paper was retrieved by officers, and when examined it was found to contain the illegal drug.
When asked to account for it, Francis replied, “I had this herb since last night.”
The drugs weighed 0.5 grammes, and had a street value of $5.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.