Brothers fined $13,000 for backyard weed

Two brothers who had marijuana growing in their backyards must pay $13,000 in fines.

The two were arrested over the weekend, following a police crackdown in the Clapham, St Michael district on Saturday.

Steve Adrian Brathwaite, of the same address, was first to enter the dock of the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court yesterday. He pleaded guilty to possession, having a traffickable quantity of cannabis, intent to supply the drug and cultivating it.

Steve Adrian Brathwaite
Steve Adrian Brathwaite

Sergeant Martin Rock informed the court that police were carrying out a search in the Clapham area when they noticed Brathwaite uprooting plants from white buckets in his backyard. The officers knocked at the door and were met by Brathwaite who admitted to putting the plants beneath a chair.

He said lawmen found 14 plants weighing one pound, under a sofa.

Brathwaite later told police the drugs were his and he “now start to grow dem”.

Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick fined Brathwaite $3,000 payable in three months for cultivating the marijuana. Failure to pay will mean six months imprisonment. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the others charges.

Minutes later, the convicted man’s younger brother Dwayne pleaded guilty to similar offences, the only difference being he had 4.6 pounds of marijuana.

The prosecutor said that Dwayne dashed toward the back of his house when he saw the police. When they pursued, they came upon a number of marijuana plants and a strong scent of the drug.

When police knocked at the residence, which is beside his brother’s, he opened the door and confessed to the officers that he had more inside the house. There were 78 plants altogether.

He subsequently told police “things tight”.

Attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at asked the court to allow the brothers sufficient time to pay the fines.

Dwayne, who had seven prior convictions, was fined $10,000 for trafficking the marijuana and was given eight months to pay the fine or spend a year in jail. He too was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on his other charges.

4 Responses to Brothers fined $13,000 for backyard weed

  1. Keva Charles
    Keva Charles August 23, 2016 at 7:52 am

    only if we understood the power of cannabis and its health benefits, then we would stop destroying the crops. Its time these growers start making cannabis oil instead of 5 bag of weed

  2. BoboTheClown August 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Two Brothers caught and fined $13,000 for backyard grow up.
    These two weed willy winkles deserve what they got. To try to possibly outdo the older brother by planting more ,seem almost like being too greedy,(not needy) like big brother stated in his defense.(TINGS TIGHT) .He should have set and example for his sibling but instead ,almost seemed to have taught him how to “slacken” e belt.
    Maybe they had sold enough prior to being squealed on to pay the fines .

  3. BoboTheClown August 23, 2016 at 8:32 am

    It does seem that Justice or Judges in Barbados don’t understand which so called crimes are more dangerous to the general population than the other. Imagine someone committing an assault against your child is arrested and subsequently given bail,but someone arrested for having Marijuana is jailed . I must be more a “Clown “than i really thought i was .LOL. ‘Cause if someone assaulted my child after i had entrusted them with tutoring my child i think , or lets’ be more direct, i know i would want to more harm to that person than if they had somehow coerced my child into smoking a joint.I would hope that neither of the two would ever happened ,but to me the worse of the two evils seem to be the assault.
    Bajans talk wid loud mouths but do nothing to rectify some of the problems they are facing on a daily basis, that is why we are sometimes taken advantage of ,not only by those that should be looking out for us ,but by those who know that by tomorrow or later today we would have forgotten yesterdays’ beef.
    Even a real “Clown ” knows it .

  4. Kerry Patrick Holligan
    Kerry Patrick Holligan August 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

    just doan lock dem up….


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