52 year old woman guilty of drug trafficking Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

On Monday May 5, 52-year-old Brenda Mejia was convicted of drug trafficking before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith. While she escaped an immediate jail term, she was fined ,000.

The Chief Magistrate, did not fine and confine but rather ordered her to pay $3,000 forthwith, in default 2 years and the balance must be paid by March 2015, in default 5 more years.

Mejia was busted at her home on August 20, 2013.  She was found in possession of 113.4 grams of cannabis by Cpl. Gino Peck, and two other officers Deon Welch and Harold Grinage. The bust was made when the officers searched her home and under the house bottom, they found a bag with what appeared to be a leafy like substance suspected to be cannabis and it was shown to her after which she was charged.

In her trial, she maintain she was innocent although she said she was later shown a black bag which in her description was bitten up. She told the Chief Magistrate, that when the officers first made the discovery she was not even present and that it was after the bag of weed was found, the officer Cpl. Peck called her to see what they found.

But the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith told her that the prosecutor, Sgt. Macedonio Sanchez, proved all the elements of possession and that in her view, the crown during the trial, proved that she had knowledge that the bag of weed was at her home and that’s why she found her guilty of the offense of drug trafficking.

In mitigation, she told the court that she rents an apartment and her husband works and that she would never jeopardized the life of her children or grandchildren since she has 3 grandchildren who live with her at the home. She became very emotional and when she heard that she must pay a fine of $3,000 forthwith, she told the court that she does not have the money. She however managed to secure the fine and paid it and was free to go.