Sales assistant admits to drug charges

A presentencing report has been ordered into the life of a 34-year-old sales assistant who pleaded guilty to a number of drug offences today.

Latonya Shermell Richards, of 3rd Avenue, Rock Dundo, St Peter, admitted to having $500 worth of cannabis in her possession on August 24. She also pleaded guilty to charges of possession with intent to supply and trafficking the drug.

Latonya Shermell Richards

According to the facts outlined by the prosecutor, Richards was the front seat passenger in a car which was stopped by police for a traffic check on Mason Hall Street, St Michael.

As police observed her fidgeting with her breast, they asked her whether she had any illegal substance in her possession. A female officer was called to the location and later took Richards to Central Police Station where a search was conducted  and the illegal drug, which weighed 77 grammes, was found in her bra.

“This is weed and it is mine,” Richards told the police at the time.

Since she has no criminal record, the magistrate ordered a report in preparation for sentencing.

Richards also faces other drug charges with two other men. However, she denied those charges – possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of 27.61 grammes of cannabis, as well as having apparatus for the misuse of cannabis.

Her co-accused, 40-year-old sales agent Thomas Eddison Alexander, and Davion Renaldo Davidson Layne, a 23-year-old pool technician, also of 3rd Avenue, Rock Dundo, St Peter, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Alexander was the driver of the vehicle that had been pulled over by police.

Thomas Eddison Alexander
Davion Renaldo Davidson Layne

Some cannabis with a street value of $138 was found on the floor of the vehicle in the back, as well as a blender with traces of the illegal substance.

“It is an unfortunate thing that happen,” Alexander, who is known to the law court said, adding that he used the blender to make a liquid to treat a health issue with his chest.

He and Layne were ordered to pay the court $1,600 each on the supply charge and an additional $400 each for having the cannabis apparatus by September 15.

Failure to pay the fine will result in a month’s stay at Dodds prison.

12 Responses to Sales assistant admits to drug charges

  1. Ryan R Harris
    Ryan R Harris August 25, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    That why I don’t trust nobody

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 26, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Why only the people with small amounts could face the law courts in Barbados?
    What about the large amounts for years and nobody hear a case call.
    Mr Commissioner it’s time to take a look at this matter and get Barbados back on track

    • Linda Freeman
      Linda Freeman August 26, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Sheldine Dyall wha the container load that came in about two weeks ago still no charges have been laid as yet…everytime i see a post like this i would keep reminding persons of that container….as a friend reminded me we have two Barbados one for the poor and one for the rich….

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 26, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Jeopardise An HONEST living to supply and trafficking drug. She got to be MAD!

  4. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens August 26, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Things are so hard some of these does try a thing.

  5. Patrick August 26, 2017 at 7:02 am

    These young girls must understand to keep away from bad boys, all them should be jailed

  6. Andy Lashley
    Andy Lashley August 26, 2017 at 7:46 am

    What a waste of the courts and police time the only reason weed isn’t legal in Barbados yet is because there is more money in it for the powers at be if it remains illegal.

    • Michael Gill August 26, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Good point Andy.

  7. Pat BB
    Pat BB August 26, 2017 at 7:55 am

    These poor greedy idiots keep talking the fall for the “Big boy”….y??
    So stupid!!

  8. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite August 26, 2017 at 8:17 am

    This idiot……..

  9. Michael Gill August 26, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Why not legalize the thing? Tobacco is legalized and it’s a poison. We take all these pharmaceutical drugs with all their dangerous side effects and there is no uproar. Marijuana is stigmatized more than anything else. ‘Bad boys’ smoke cigarettes and commit crimes and no one blames tobacco. But if you have or smoke cannabis you are automatically it seems considered a criminal. Sure criminals do use marijuana but so does the single mom next door. Barring serious health concerns I think it is beyond time to make marijuana legal. And before anyone judges me I don’t smoke or use drugs period. I don’t even drink. But charging this woman for having ‘weed’ is ridiculous. In that case let’s make many of the long term poisons we use in society like cigarettes and alcohol illegal again. Yeah we know the societal uproar that would cause. ‘Nuff said.

  10. Bajancanuck August 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Isn’t it interesting that the cops there quite like elsewhere only go after blacks? Yet my bajan white friends there doesn’t have the same experience.. legalize it and stop wasting the courts time.Go after the importers .


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