Fisherman admits to drug charges

courtA pre-sentencing report has been ordered for a St John fisherman who admitted to drug charges today.

Carlisle Winston Miller of #2 College Savannah today pleaded guilty in the No. 2 Supreme Court to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of 227.4 kilogrammes of cannabis.

In the facts read by Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney, police acting on information went on duty to Consett Bay, St John on April 12, 2015 and noticed a vessel bearing the name Sea Spirit.

The accused, who also goes by the alias Tubby, was observed throwing polythene bags off the vessel. He later attempted to leave the area, but the boat got stuck in the sand.

He was ordered to disembark by the police who subsequently retrieved ten bags containing the cannabis.

Miller was asked to account for the packages and he allegedly told the police at the time: “I was doing a job for a man.”

He was arrested and taken to the Oistins Police Station where he was told of the offence and allegedly said: “I collect the packages of marijuana for a man I meet down by the fishing complex and he supposed to pick them up from the beach.”

Delaney told the court presided over by Madam Justice Michelle Weekes that the illicit drug, which was examined by a forensic expert, consisted of seeds, crushed leaves and stalks of cannabis.

Following the disclosure of the facts, the Crown’s representative requested the pre-sentencing report, as well as an account from officials at HMP Dodds on Miller’s time on remand.

He returns to court on January 27, 2017.

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