Teen caught with $3 worth of weed

courtA pre-sentencing report was ordered Wednesday for a teenager who was found in possession of cannabis.

His attorney Arthur Holder made the request after 16-year-old Deshaun Stefon Trotman of Lot 6 Cane Hill, St George changed his not guilty plea, to guilty to possession of the controlled substance.

Presenting the facts, Prosecutor Neville Reid said Trotman was arrested around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after police patrolling the Nursery Drive Terminal pursued him.

Trotman was walking in the area when he turned and looked in the direction of the police. He then pushed his hand into his right pants pocket, turned around and ran.

His action aroused suspicion and lawmen pursued and apprehended him. A search was requested and Trotman consented.

In searching a backpack that Trotman was carrying, police found one paper wrapping containing the weed.

Trotman admitted at the time that the drug weighing two grammes with a street value of  $3, was his.

Addressing Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, Holder said: “I am humbly requesting a pre-sentencing report on the life and background of the young man to determine what is appropriate for him.”

The magistrate, who had already placed Trotman on $2,000 bail with one surety, agreed.

Trotman returns to court on October 14.

26 Responses to Teen caught with $3 worth of weed

  1. Hal Austin August 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Apart from the fact that this kid is misguided, why is $3 worth of drugs before the court?
    Why is this magistrate, the power crazy Cuffy-Sargeant, who I am convinced would ave done quite well in Hitler’s Germany, remanding him on $2000 bail for possessing $3 of illegal drugs.

    • Sonia August 18, 2016 at 11:03 am

      So agree with you

  2. Smiley August 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I was thinking the same thing Hal. Waste of time ,lawyer fees and the real criminals still out here .Court time should be use for all the backed up serious crimes and give these little people debushing and cleaning up jobs in this country so taxes on us to get millions of social tax will not be needed.

  3. Karen August 18, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I look forward to reading the court cases daily, but this one have me a bit confused.
    $3 with of weed.. .. $2000. Bail
    I read court sometimes and see 2nd & 3rd time offenders with more value weed and lesser bail.
    I am not saying this 16 year old shouldn’t be punished but why the high amount of bail, “pre-sentencing report to determine what’s best for him”.
    At 16 if he’s not returning to school send skills training let him learn a trade, community service something.
    I pray he learns from this and don’t get involved in things he know are not legal or good for him. He know he shouldn’t have had the weed… he acted suspicious and ran, if he dint have it he wouldn’t have been running from police.

  4. Halleem August 18, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Is putting your hand or fidgeting with your pocket or looking in the direction of the police a signal for them to know someone has something illegal on them that’s all I read in these situations

  5. BoboTheClown August 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Well said gentlemen.
    Here is an idea.
    I am a volunteer for a Registered Charitable Non Profit Organization Governed by a Board of Directors called “The Black Youth Help Line” .I am Barbadian of course but lives in Toronto Canada. We serve all youth even though the name Black Youth might appear as though we only cater to blacks.. We do specifically responds to the needs of Black youth’s Services.This all started in Manitoba in 1992 and is now going quite well here in Toronto .
    Some of our objectives. To help marginalized kids,to help prevent Social ,Emotional and Phychological breakdown ,and ultimately work to help prevent violence and Crime.
    We are sent donations via the Ontario Youth Court System . These small donations usually in amounts of two hundred dollars or less are the result of fines imposed by the Court ,where a minor commits an offense . The court gives the indivisual the choice of paying the fine to an non profit Organization of choice .Many young blacks choose our Organization, which visit Schools to defuse situations that may occur between teachers and pupils that may result in suspensions in many cases without our intervention.We also attend Police Youth Seminars offering input into problems that effect our young people.
    In conclusion a similar system could be established in Barbados where young people like the youth named can pay a small fine where any such moneys could used by a volunteer Organization to lecture and educate . It has helped many.
    If interested in how we do it .Visit the internet .Black youth Help line. See our Email address and we will be willing to share our knowledge and our outstanding record in helping ,not only the youth,but the parents of troubled youth.

  6. Hal Austin August 18, 2016 at 10:27 am


    It is destroying a life. This magistrate needs proper training. It is an abuse offfice.

  7. Joy August 18, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Marijuana is illegal. Any amount no matter how small should and can land you before the courts. That amount didn’t come to Barbados by itself. It came with a traffickable quantity backed up by guns and people willing to use them. You will complain about guns in the communities but wish to live in denial of the fact that guns are intricately tied up in the drug trade fueled by the demand from people with just a spliff.

  8. Donild Trimp August 18, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Joy, you are irritating and lack intellectual acumen. The same goes for the Magistrate who heard this case.

    How can any intelligent person think it is ok to destroy the life of a 16 year old child over $3 worth of marijuana?

    The lawyer is also a jackass. What is happening to the lawyers in Barbados?

    “Trotman was walking in the area when he turned and looked in the direction of the police. He then pushed his hand into his right pants pocket, turned around and ran”.

    That explanation is not a legitimate reason for the Police to chase down a person and search their backpack.

    Are Barbadians really this backwards? A real banana republic.

  9. Christopher Alleyne August 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Bravo. 3 dollars in crime. How much is your salary again. Small wonder the recession hitting so devastatingly in Bim. Good work. Now see if yuh find de gunrunners.

  10. Sandra basc August 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    It is things like these that irritate me. How can any right thinking supposedly intelligent person destroy a young BLACK man’s life over $3 worth of drugs. How can $2000 bail be justifiable when we have people with more serious crime given less.

    That case should never have been brought to court. The police actions was an abuse of power.

    If he was the son of an influential person in this society we will never ever hear about this.

    Black people will never get over the life of slavery, we will continue to drag each other down while the whites prospere and rule the world.

  11. Jack de Ripper August 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Well who says that wasn’t the last $3.00 wrapping he had after selling the remainder to ‘your’ school child in the van stand. Who says he didn’t throw more in the careenage but got held with enough to charge possession. It’s called reasonable suspicion, do reasonable rational people just look at police and take off running?

  12. Richard Braithwaite August 18, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    This is the kind of…..total nonsense going on in The judiciary system in Barbados ….that makes it a laughing stock.
    What nonsense…….! I rest my case…..

  13. Hal Austin August 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Jack de Ripper you are mad. You are the kind of person who volunteers to be the hangman.

  14. Joy August 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Donald Trimp , as usual, your incapacity to attack the issue results in your resorting to attacking the person. Given my capacity to reason I can confine myself to the issues and ignore attacks ad hominem.

  15. viterose vanHuis September 12, 2016 at 11:45 am

    The energy and time spent in executing laws that make very little sense must be spent loving and nurturing people, particularly children. There is a great need, indeed a pressing need for change in Barbados. And not love for our own, but love for all. You see, we are all “ONE” irrespective of who our mothers or fathers are. We connect at the deeper level. We are all part of the “One” spirit that premeates this world.

  16. Bajan August 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    That $3 value must be a mistake. According to my calculations, the street value of 3 grams is $24. That is 3.75 spliffs assuming a spliff is 0.8 grams, which the average spliff weighs. All the same, we need to address the issue of possession of small quantities of cannabis in a different, way. This young man now has a criminal record even if he is not convicted in court. The US Embassy would ask visa applicants about any arrests, not necessarily about convictions. This young man’s ability to travel to USA, Canada, and the UK is more compromised now because of the arrest.

  17. Ricci Khan August 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Stay away from drugs….even $ 3.00 worth. I bet you that some of the young people in jail for murder started on that same path. Then harder drugs. Then guns. Then shooting a poor lady at an A.T.M. in Black Rock. Then Spring Garden. And St Stephen’s Hill. And Wildey.

  18. The Negrocrat August 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Ricci Khan, do you even know why herb was made illegal?

  19. Jeffrey durant August 18, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Joy . Guns tied up with unemployment. Putting someone in your bicyle bar is illegal prostitution is illegal also gambling being drunk in public jade walkng.. i dont see no one getting lock up for them things. Counties dont lock up they youth they have to do at least five things wrong and for sure no for weed…

  20. Steve Campbell August 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    What a joke – backward thinking law that will keep
    Barbados stagnant – pity

  21. gsmiley August 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Hal Austin he was arrested and charged by police and brought before a magistrate. The way I see it the magistrate had only two choices. Remand or bail.

    How did the magistrate abuse his office?

    He followed the guidelines.

  22. gsmiley August 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Hal Austin he was arrested and charged by police and brought before a magistrate. The way I see it the magistrate had only two choices. Remand or bail.

    How did the magistrate abuse his office?

    He followed the guidelines.

    It was the police who arrested him Hal.

  23. John doe August 19, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Do you people realize that the penalty for possession of a controlled drug as prescribed by the laws of barbados is a$250,000 fine or 5 years in prison? Regardless of the amounf it is still very illegal. It is also noted that $2000 bail does not mean that he is compelled to pay the money up front, but the person standing bail for him will forfeit the money if he fails to attend court. The laws of barbados were drafted to prevent the misuse and distribution of controlled drugs by any person, yet the public and judicial system trivialize the issue and that is why the society is in its current state of disarray. This “just a spliff” mentality is the reason that drug dealers sell drugs to your children with impunity. Bajans need to wake up.

  24. Donato August 19, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I guess everything that grows well in the tropics and has some value is turned into a monopoly trade by the ruling class. Making these produckt illigal is just of of the ways to keep it in the hands of the ruling class. But by giving those thisng that grow under the sun where black people live an illigal status. You then automatically get confronted with the result where black people become targets while the ruling class keep pushing it. Right now the same ruling class is taking over the cannabis bussnis wheli still incriminating the rightfull owners of grass.

  25. Tee White August 19, 2017 at 7:20 am

    This is the actual madness of a so-called independent country just continuing down the old colonial road. Why is weed illegal in Barbados? And the point has already been made about destroying a young man’s life over $3 of weed. Once the Americans and the other colonial powers legalise its use, Barbados will follow suit but we can’t think for ourselves and make informed decisions about how to organise our lives before that. Looking forward to the day when I read a story about the yacht owners in Port St Charles and Port Ferdinand being arrested for possession of cocaine. Always following massa.


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