From the Courts
November 8, 2013

Boat operator to pay $2,500 for trying to sell ganja to policemen

Tyrone Scarborough was on Wednesday ordered to pay $2,500 for having in his possession 196 grams of cannabis and attempting to supply the controlled substance to some plain clothed police officers.{{more}}

Scarborough, a boat operator, appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Tuesday.

He was arrested and charged on November 3 in the Cumberland area. He told the court that he spotted a yacht and rowed out to it, where he met four men who asked if he had any marijuana in his possession.

Scarborough said that it was customary for him to approach yacht operators and volunteer to purchase basic needs such as ice or bread.

He also admitted to being a user of the controlled substance, saying that he used it for mental reasons.

The men on the vessel subsequently identified themselves as police officers and searched a bag, the property of Scarborough, where the drug was discovered and the man arrested and charged.

Chief Magistrate Sonya Young ordered the man to pay the fine in four months or be imprisoned for one year.

The defendant’s mother came to his aid, paying the court $600.(DD)