Cannabis found close to school

landscaper fined $3,000 for drug possession

todays courtA 39-year-old landscaper admitted to being in the vicinity of a secondary school this week with the intention of selling marijuana.

Leslie Carlos Pilgrim, of Foursquare Valley, St Philip, had denied four drug charges when he first appeared in court, but changed his plea on Tuesday when he returned before Magistrate Christopher Birch.

Pilgrim’s offences were that he had 74 grams of cannabis, had it within a 100 yard radius of Princess Margaret Secondary School, trafficked the substance and intended to supply it within that same 100 yard radius, all on June 5 this year.

Magistrate Christopher Birch fined Pilgrim $3,000 payable in three months, with an alternative of 12 months in prison for possession of the cannabis. He was sentenced to a further nine months for intent to supply, but that was suspended for three years.

Pilgrim was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for having the cannabis close to the school and reprimanded and discharged for trafficking the drugs.

Sergeant Azel Skeete told the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court that, based on information received, lawmen set up surveillance in the area of Six Roads. During that time, they saw a man place a plastic bag under a rock. The police became suspicious, approached the man and took him back to the rock where they retrieved the drugs.

When he was questioned, Pilgrim told police, “I just had them drugs to sell to make some money”. Police also found a large sum of money in his pocket, which Pilgrim explained was “the money I make from the weed this week, officer”.

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