$3,500 Fine Over Marijuana


Tribune Staff Reporter


A man caught with $1,000 worth of marijuana and ammunition must pay $3,500 to avoid spending six months behind bars.

Police arrested Charles Emanuel after they found more than a pound of Indian hemp along with a 9mm bullet at his residence on January 17. The prosecution said officers executed a search warrant on Emmanuel’s Finlayson Street home. A search led to the discovery of a large clear plastic bag with ten Ziploc bags containing marijuana, the court heard. Officers also found two more bags with marijuana stashed in a sofa. When they searched Emmanuel’s closet, they also found one bullet in the pocket of a jacket. He was arrested. When questioned, he owned up to the offences.

When Emmanuel appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney, he pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition and dangerous drug possession with the intent to supply.

He was fined $3,000 for the marijuana and $500 for the bullet. If he fails to pay the fines, Emmanuel could spend three months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

Meanwhile, Kevin Ramsey was arrested and accused of being in possession of 4.8 pounds of marijuana. He pleaded not guilty to dangerous drug possession with the intent to supply and his case was adjourned to November 24 for trial. Ramsey was granted $5,000 bail.

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