A 28-year-old fisherman who was on Tuesday busted by Police under a bed hugging two bags of marijuana, will now spend three years behind bars after admitting to possession of the illicit substance.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, Shaheed Ali admitted that on April 25 at Albouys Street, Albouystown, Georgetown he had in his possession 2.025 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
Prosecutor Arvin Moore informed the court that on the day in question, Police acting on information swooped down upon the premises called “Gym Yard” where a search was conducted. Prosecutor Moore related that the man was found hiding under a bed gripping the bags. Ali was then ordered to come out of hiding by a rank, who reportedly seized the said bags and opened it in his presence; revealing a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.
The defendant was told of the offence, cautioned, arrested and escorted to the Brickdam Police Station where he was charged with the offence.
In court on Thursday, Ali said that he uses the prohibited herb for medicinal purposes when questioned by the Chief Magistrate.
He was then ordered to pay a fine of $3,037,500 (triple the street value of the drug) and ushered out of the courtroom.