Taitt fined $350 for $10 worth of drugs

Magistrate Douglas Frederick today imposed a $350 fine on 27-year-old Anderson Jamal Taitt, after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

Police executed a search warrant at Taitt’s Storey Gap, Codington Hill, St Michael home on September 7 and discovered a two grammes of loose cannabis with an estimated street value of $10.

Attorney-at-law Damien Sands appealed for leniency on behalf of his client, who had a previous drug charge in 2008.

Taitt was ordered to pay the forthwith fine or spend three months in jail.

38 Responses to Taitt fined $350 for $10 worth of drugs

  1. Abeda Adam
    Abeda Adam September 13, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Is it that they had to charge him because they executed a search warrant so they couldn’t come out empty handed?

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 6:44 am

      Unfortunately it’s still illegal and it’s their job to uphold the law without bias.

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    • Abeda Adam
      Abeda Adam September 13, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Agreed, but still.

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 7:22 am

      I give magistrate Fredericks props for changing his attitude though… He used to send up men quick af for 2 grams.

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase September 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Arte Maria Benn , I noticed this change in the last few weeks too.

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Now it’s the other one that granting $2000 bail for $3 in weed.

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 8:01 am

      To a blasted 16 year old who unknown to the courts smh

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    • Guto Owen
      Guto Owen September 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

      It seems the law is not being applied equally then. The guns n the cocaine & even the weed is coming in from somewhere tho? I may be wrong but I not seen many reports of anyone being held for that!!

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  2. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 6:41 am

    $350 is reasonable!!!

    Thank you magistrate Fredericks!

    At least one of you are recognizing that it makes no sense to bury these young men in charges and fines, that will see them leading into darker paths to pay the court.

    Particularly interesting is I remember when you would slap a man in jail for it… So thank you for the changing attitude!!

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase September 13, 2016 at 7:54 am

      I wonder what made him see the light…..hmmm

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Could be any number of things…

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    • Sand Rene
      Sand Rene September 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Mitigation by the lawyer.

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    • Huasani Manard
      Huasani Manard September 13, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Reasonable? ??? Come on man he shouldn’t even be in police custody man. Barbados is too backwards

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Is marijuana legal or decriminalized?

      He had 2 grams (mind you I’m extremely curious as to who pricing weed for cops, or if men telling cops how much they allegedly paid for their stash)

      If it is still illegal, de police had to arrest him, the magistrate had to uphold the law, and if you smoking weed, you should know it illegal, you will be required to a) guh jail if yuh caught or pay the minimum fine. $350 is reasonable. Real talk. That coulda be a sentence in he skin considering it’s not his first time in court.

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    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix September 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Huasani Manard you ppl complain about crime but still condone certain crime,seriously, its illegal and until its made legal,they will be arrested and charge,simple as that stupseeee

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  3. Judith Hebson
    Judith Hebson September 13, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Get less if he had a gun!

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 7:28 am

      No.

      Wrong country. You don’t get fined for having an illegal weapon in Barbados.

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    • Judith Hebson
      Judith Hebson September 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

      They seem to have a problem finding them 🙁 exactly my point no fine!

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase September 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

      That’s not a point…smh.

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    • Judith Hebson
      Judith Hebson September 13, 2016 at 7:58 am

      My point is the fine don’t fit the crime!

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    • Arte Maria Benn
      Arte Maria Benn September 13, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Your point is NOT a point but okay.

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  4. John Wick
    John Wick September 13, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Don’t mess around with them and this won’t happen

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  5. Nestor Sands
    Nestor Sands September 13, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Maybe he should have pleaded not guilty.

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  6. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow September 13, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Aren’t the guns and lot of the crime about drugs though ? All hand in hand ? Educate me if I’m wrong about this. Adults that smoke ganja recreationally now and again I hear you saying it shouldn’t be a crime but what about the young kids that are smoking at stupid levels to lazy to go school or work isn’t that the truth of what’s going wrong. Being offered it on tick then having to pay back somehow .

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    • Guto Owen
      Guto Owen September 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Fair points but it gets mixed up with guns n crime BECAUSE it’s illegal!

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    • Guto Owen
      Guto Owen September 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

      100% agree about the kids tho!!

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow September 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Guto Owen maybe but the kids would still want it and I think to much to young is causing this lazy don’t care numbness of feelings in the youth. What might not harm a formed adult brain sure seems to stunt feelings and intelligence in young people therefore I think it’s correct to punish young people in hope they stop or at least till their brain develops and they got through school and found work . Wonder if school grades and if child smoke or not has been looked at . Do the unemployed tend to smoke more ! People don’t like the facts. Ok nobody ever died I hear it said from smoking Ganga but I see a lot of brain dead teens and young adults . Also where’s the money coming from for this habit.

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow September 13, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Guto Owen yes it’s a fine line though .

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart September 13, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Legalise it….same rules as tobacco and alcohol….illegal to persons under 18..simple…..

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow September 13, 2016 at 9:04 am

      If legalised wouldn’t it create a black market of cheap rubbish which the kids would then buy . Not against legalisation if it would stop kids damaging themselves and their futures

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    • Guto Owen
      Guto Owen September 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Is there not a ‘black market’ already tho?

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    • Kay Critchlow
      Kay Critchlow September 13, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Yes I see it’s over 21 in Colorado and not to drive over a certain level in the bloodstream yes so government could make a lot of money from under 21 and drivers over the limit interesting if upheld .

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  7. Sand Rene
    Sand Rene September 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Hmmm. It would be really interesting to see the comments if the commentees were present in court at the time the matters were being heard.

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  8. Brown Z Alleyne
    Brown Z Alleyne September 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Fuh two spliffs?

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  9. Brown Z Alleyne
    Brown Z Alleyne September 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Legalize it….it’s about time

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  10. G.G Billingy
    G.G Billingy September 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Seriously? He could win this case on appeal, this must be a joke, $350 for $10 value. Its like shooting a man with a needle in his hand as a weapon

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  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Enough gold in his mouth to pay the fine.

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