Tears flow as man gets six months for ganja
Derrique Reid wept bitterly in the dock of the St Catherine Parish Court on Friday after he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment at hard labour for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
Reid was one of three men held in a motor car along the Old Harbour Bay main road with 138 pounds of compressed ganja. A further search at Reid's home in Bay Bottom, Old Harbour Bay, revealed another 273 pounds of ganja.
In court, attorney-at-Law Walter Melbourne made a lengthy application for a non-custodial sentence on Reid's behalf. He said Reid was trying to raise money to meet the medical expenses of his sick child.
Parish Judge Tara Reid-Carr said that Reid had committed a serious offence. She said that Reid benefited from his guilty plea, his lawyer's submission and a very good community report.
Reid was subsequently sentenced to three months imprisonment for possession of ganja and six months for dealing in ganja. He was discharged from the attempting to export ganja charge.
The sentences are to run concurrently and so Reid will spend only six months in prison.
The other accused, Hugh Occonnor and Wilford Scully of Old Harbour Bay St Catherine, are scheduled to appear in court on April 27.