Unpaid fine catches up with drug convict

Carlos Andre Marshall’s luck ran out today when his family was unable to pay a $25, 000 fine imposed on him four years ago.
The Porey Spring, St Thomas resident will therefore have to spend the next two years at HMP Dodds.

The fine had been imposed in two parts – $15,000 and $10,000 – after he pleaded guilty in 2013 to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of cannabis.

When the 35-year-old entrepreneur appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick two weeks ago and pleaded guilty to similar charges, it was discovered he had not paid the fine which he was given until 2014 to clear.

At that point Marshall requested more time to pay the outstanding money, telling the magistrate he thought his Canadian girlfriend had paid it.

However, after he spending two weeks on remand at Dodds, his family was still unable to come up with the funds.

In addition to his two-year sentence, Marshall was also sentenced to three months behind bars for the October 13 charges of possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking. The sentences will run concurrently.

Meanwhile, Marshall was also ordered to compensate Sophia Rudder $500 forthwith for money stolen sometime between October 1 and 30, 2014. The money was paid, which means that he avoided spending a further three months in jail.

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