Eight charged for 62 Grams of Weed Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:00

MarkEight members of a family that were found in possession of 62 grams of weed on Saturday, February 2nd, were before the court on Monday, February 4th, to answer to the charge of drug trafficking with intent to supply another.  They include Patricia Anne Wayne, Mark Anthony Wayne Betson, Clifford Betson,  Ludrick Wagner, Giovanni Barrella, Natasha Gilbert,  Gilbert Lightburn, and Stafford Young.

Police say that at about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, they conducted a search at #52 C Dean Street where all the defendants were present. A search on top of a wooden table, which was being supported by pint bottle crates inside the yard, resulted in the discovery a black plastic bag which contained some green leafy substance which proved to be cannabis. In court, Mark Betson claimed the cannabis and pleaded guilty with an explanation to drug trafficking while the others pleaded not guilty. Betson told Magistrate Adolph Lucas, “The drugs was not for distribution.  I had it for my own use.  My family did not know it was there so I beg the court for leniency.”  He claimed the weed was for medicinal purpose since he had lost a foot.   Betson, who already has a conviction before the court for possession of a controlled drug, was spared from going to jail when Magistrate Lucas imposed a non-custodial sentence and fined him the minimum sentence of $10,000 fine plus $5.00 cost of court which he has until December 31st, 2013 to pay or serve 3 years imprisonment.  The charge was withdrawn from the rest of the family.