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Barrow fined for having cannabis

courtA St Michael man was Tuesday given two weeks to pay a $850 fine for possession of cannabis in order to avoid two months behind bars.

But Valentino Alphonzo Barrow, 57, of St Paul’s Avenue, Bayville did not waste any time, and made sure he paid the fine before the day was over.

He was sentenced by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant after pleading guilty to having three grammes of the illegal substance.

According to the facts presented in court, police on mobile patrol along Probyn Street, the City became suspicious when the scent of cannabis emanated from a taxi in which Barrow and two others were travelling.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill said Barrow was also seen fidgeting after the taxi was ordered to stop.

When the vehicle was searched, three greaseproof wrappings containing vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis were found in the backseat and Barrow admitted he had bought the drugs from a man.

He was arrested and subsequently charged.

4 Responses to Barrow fined for having cannabis

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince October 12, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Waste of time…..

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 12, 2016 at 2:40 am
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  3. Hal Austin October 12, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Here goes this sociopathic magistrate again. Apart from the fact that a middle aged man should know better than to possess and use drugs, to be fined over Bds$800 for possession of the equivalent of three grains of rice ( a grain of rice is about a gram) with an alternative of two months in prison is an abuse of the system.
    This come when governments, medical scientists and universities all over the world, including our own UWI, are looking at the possible positive qualities of cannabis.
    When is Barbados going to wake up and stop using a sledge hammer to crack a nut?

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  4. Sam Clarke October 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    @Hal Austin i am in strong agreement with you on the judicial folly. IT IS TIME TO LEGALIZE GANJA. WHAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT, IS RAISING MONEY FOR THE SYSTEM. TO SEND A PERSON FOR 2 MONTHS IN JAIL IS LUDICROUS.

    THESE MAGISTRATES JUST ARE COGS IN THE WHEEL THAT FINANCE THE SYSTEM. TAX THE WEED AND FORGET ALL THIS BUREAUCRACY, OF HAVING THE POLICE TIED UP WITH STUPIDITY, WHEN THEY SHOULD BE OUT SOLVING REAL CRIMES,THEN THE COURT SYSTEM AND THE PRIS ION SYSTEM .

    FOLKS, THIS IS ALL ABOUT MONEY FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT, THEN THEY SHOULD GET THE FUNDING QUICKER, BY TAXING THE GANJA.

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