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Senior caught with drugs

COURT TODAY BLOCKA 76-year-old man who was caught by police with a small quantity of marijuana and cocaine yesterday, was given two suspended sentences when he appeared before a Bridgetown magistrate today.

Keith Berchmoore Bedford pleaded guilty to four drug offences in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court No. 2. He confessed to having one gramme of marijuana, five grammes of cocaine, as well as trafficking and intending to supply the cocaine, all on June 21.

The prosecutor, Sergeant Janice Ifill, told the court that police were on duty at Queen’s Street, St Michael when they entered an old abandoned building where illegal activities were known to take place.

There they saw Bedford fidgeting with two plastic bags. Police instructed him to hand them over and he did so. One bag contained some small crystalized stones while the other had loose marijuana in it.

Bedford admitted to police at the time that the drugs were his.

In court today, the retiree said while walking in the Queen Street area on Tuesday, he saw a Heineken box with garbage in it, somewhere close to a bus stop. He emptied the box and that was when he noticed “the matter” was inside.

“I didn’t have it to sell nor I don’t even smoke,” he told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

Bedford also remembered a young man telling him that what he was holding was “hot”.

“I ask he what he mean by hot,” Bedford said, adding that in quick time the police arrived.

When they questioned him, he initially told them he found the drugs but later admitted they were his.

The pensioner was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment on both possession counts but both sentences were suspended for six months.

He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the supply and trafficking counts.

3 Responses to Senior caught with drugs

  1. Green Giant June 23, 2016 at 7:50 am

    No example for the youth. We have to get real, it’s not only the youth, they didn’t create any of the negative habits. They simply inherited them.

  2. dave June 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

    76- 40 = 36
    40 years ago – 1976
    1976 is around the time drug use started on a fairly large scale.
    This guy was 36 years at the time and quite young
    Possible his drug use started then !!!

  3. Alex Alleyne June 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Age is nothing but a number.


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