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Community service for weed

A 21-year-old who gave police a false name has been ordered to perform 120 hours of community service. But not for lying to lawmen.

Elreco Babeto Romario Holder of Husbands New Development, St James was sentenced after admitting to possession of cannabis on October 3.

According to the facts read to the District ‘A’ No. 2 Court by police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill, lawmen were on patrol along Wanstead Gardens, St Michael when they observed Holder looking in their direction and fidgeting with a pants pocket.

His action aroused the suspicion of the police who requested a search, and the young man consented. A transparent bag with the drug was found.

Holder reportedly told the police at the time: “Officer, this is my weed.”

The accused was then asked his name and he replied: Romario Rasheed Goodman.

However, investigations by the police uncovered the truth.

Asked the reason for giving a false name, Holder allegedly said: “I did frighten and I already got a case in the court.”

He returns to the court presided over by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant on December 9.

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