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‘Guilty is my plea’

todays courtA self-employed resident of 3rd Avenue, Long Gap, Spooners Hill, St Michael who was a passenger on a vehicle which police intercepted on the ABC Highway on Monday, pleaded guilty to three drug offences in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.

Neverlaine Rohan O’neal Springer, 35, was charged with possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of cannabis on April 25, 2016. Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered him to pay $1,500 in one month or spend six months in prison for the possession charge. He was reprimanded and discharged on the remaining counts.

Springer has to return to court on May 27 to produce a receipt as proof that he paid the fine. When asked by the magistrate if he had anything to say before the sentence was imposed, the convict replied: “Not really. No ma’am . . . the facts not exactly true; guilty is my plea.”

In explaining the case, the prosecution told the court that police officers pursued the vehicle and when they stopped it by the Norman Niles Roundabout, they saw a red plastic bag, which they showed to Springer and the other occupant.

The court heard that the bag contained grease-proof wrappings and when the accused was asked about them, he said: “dat is my weed,” while the other occupant denied any knowledge of the bag’s contents.

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