Hope admits to drug charges

Magistrate Douglas Fredrick has ordered a pre-sentencing report into the life of a 41-year-old mason who admitted Monday to several drug offences.

Basco McArthur Hope, of Skeete’s Road, Jackman’s, St Michael, pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply, cultivation and having a trafficable quantity of cannabis on March 11.

According to the prosecutor Station Sergeant Martin Rock, the illicit substance was found when lawmen executed a search warrant at Hope’s residence around 8:55 a.m. on the mentioned date.

Rock said police knocked on the house and identified themselves. No one opened the door but movement could be heard on the inside.

The officers then entered the yard through a wooden gate and they discovered several cannabis plants in various containers. When they entered the house, Hope was in one of the bedrooms. He was shown the warrant and asked to account for the cannabis plants being in the yard.

“Them is my plants. I responsible for them,” Hope told the police at the time.

A quantity of the drug was also found on him when police searched him.

Hope had also directed lawmen to a bushy area in the back of his house where more plants were found.

“Them is mine too. That’s all I know bout,” he said.

In seeking leniency for her client, attorney Carol Ann Best urged the court to take into consideration his early guilty plea, that he cooperated with police, and that he had pointed them to the other plants.

She also argued for Hope, a first time offender, to be granted community service.

The magistrate then ordered the report and released Hope on $5,000 bail with one surety.

He makes his second appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ No. 1 Court on June 14.

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