Mother and son in court on weed charges Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

A mother and her son were taken to court on Thursday, November 16, 2017 on a single charge of possession of a controlled drug for 29 grams of cannabis which was found wrapped in a polo shirt in their yard. They are 45-year old Stephanie Gotoy, a babysitter, and her son 27-year-old Adrian Gotoy both of Kings Park.

The duo appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford in Court where Adrian wasted no time and pleaded guilty with an explanation to the charge while Stephanie pleaded not guilty. Adrian recanted his plea when he heard what the police said that it occurred during the house search.

According to the police facts, on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 4:55 p.m., police officers executed a search at the home of the defendants where a search of the yard led to the discovery of black plastic bag wrapped up inside a polo shirt hidden in the yard. When the black plastic bag was opened, police found four transparent plastic bags with green leafy-like substances suspected to be cannabis.

Stephanie and Adrian were at the home at the time of the search. They were subsequently charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to Adrian, the drugs were not his but because he did not want to put his mother through such an ordeal, he pleaded guilty. After his explanation, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf but he eventually accepted ownership of the drugs.

He was fined $1,000 plus a $5 cost of court which he was ordered to be paid by the end of the year in default of 10 months’ imprisonment. Both Adrian and his mother were in debt to the court and were ordered to pay their outstanding fines before they could be released from police custody. They both paid their fines and were able to go home.