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Two men yesterday, March 13, appeared before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo on separate drug charges, and both pleaded guilty.
Appearing first was Dion McMaster, who was placed on $30,000 bail and will be going on trial over the 17.9 grams of cannabis that was found in his possession.
He accepted the charge that the drug was in his possession, but denied the charge of possession with the intent to supply.
The court heard that on October 31, 2018, it was an illegal U-turn that led to the man being found with the drugs.
According to the Prosecutor’s facts, on the day in question, ranks on patrol in an unmarked vehicle observed McMaster make an illegal U-turn while driving a grey Mitsubishi vehicle. They pursued him, and upon hearing the sirens, the man came to a halt.
Upon being approached by the officers, the man allegedly began acting suspicious, which led to a search of the vehicle. A brown sunglasses case was found beneath the driver’s seat, containing 10 dime bags and one vial of cannabis.
In response to the find, McMaster allegedly told the officers, “I did not remember that they’re there.”
He was released on $30,000 bail with one surety, and will return to court on May 7 for trial.
"Just A Little Weed"
Meanwhile, Kadeem Jimenez was fined $2,500 for possession of 24.7 grams of cannabis. The 27 year-old Parham Town resident pleaded guilty to the charge which dates back to August 7, 2018.
The court heard that on that occasion, police on patrol observed Jimenez riding a motorcycle on the Blackburn Highway. He allegedly began acting in s suspicious manner when he saw the officers.
A search revealed the marijuana in three separate plastic bags, and $2000 cash.
Jimenez reportedly told the officers, “It’s just a little weed for me to smoke.”
He was then arrested and charged.
Upon handing down the sentence of a fine of $2,500 with an alternative four months imprisonment, the Magistrate ordered that the man’s money that was confiscated be returned to him.