Drug trafficking leads to non-custodial sentence Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

A family of 5, three adults and two minors ages 15 and 16, was before the court on Friday, November 24, 2017 to answer to a single charge of drug trafficking of 129 grams of cannabis. They are 38-year-old Marlon Robinson, a stevedore, 34-year-old Keria Young, a caregiver, her mother 52 year-old Suzette Harris and Harris’ two grandchildren ages 15 and 16.

The group of five appeared before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford where they were read a single charge of drug trafficking. Allegations are that on Thursday November 23, 2017, they had 129 grams of cannabis in their possession.

In court where the group was unrepresented, Robinson pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking but guilty to possession simplicita.

Prosecutor in the case, Inspector Hector Rodriguez told the court that he was not in the position to accept a guilty plea for possession simplicita since the facts in the matter are indicating that the police found 24 small parcels of cannabis wrapped up indicating that they were trafficking the product.

Robinson’s guilty plea for possession simplicita was later accepted after consultation with the office of the DPP.

In mitigation Robinson told Magistrate Ford that he used it to help with the pain of a gunshot injury that he had sustained. He further explained that the reason the parcels were in packages of 10 grams was because of the new decriminalization.

For his guilty plea, Magistrate Ford imposed a non-custodial sentence. He was fined $1,500 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he was ordered to pay by February 28, 2018 in default of 10 months imprisonment.

After Robinson’s guilty plea was accepted, Prosecutor Rodriguez withdrew the charge from against Young, Harris, and the two minors and they were all free to go.