A 25-year-old man who identified himself as a ‘hustler’ was jailed and fined when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to answer to a charge of having narcotics in his possession for trafficking purposes.
Carlsdale Aaron, 25, of Lot 180 Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara (EBD) pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that, he, on June 26 at John Street, Werk-en-Rust was found to be in possession of 102 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
According to Police Prosecutor Simone Payne, the defendant was observed by ranks on patrol acting in a suspicious manner on the day in question.
As such he was approached, however, he threw away the black bag he had in his possession and attempted to escape.
He was later apprehended and taken back to the location where he had thrown the bag. Upon being searched by ranks, leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were found.
The defendant was then taken to the Alberttown Police Station where the drugs was weighed in his presence and amounted to the above mentioned amount.
The father of two in his plea to the Court said that he is presently unemployed and finds it difficult to acquire a job.
Aaron said “I cant get work and I spoke with a brethren and decided to do this because I got to provide for my children. But I am very sorry ma’am, I don’t want my children to beg people. All I ask is for me to get to see them one more time before I go to jail”.
Magistrate Azore sentenced the defendant to three years in prison and fined him $153,000 which is three times the street value of the drugs that he was in possession of.