Twenty-nine-year-old Stedmond Smart was today sentenced to three years and six months in prison after he admitted to possessing 16.159 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. However, the man said he simply had the substance because he was keeping it for a friend.
The man pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that on August 22 at Princes Street, Wortmanville, he had in his possession 16.159 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Smart, in his explanation to the court, said, “I collected it from a friend to keep and he was to collect it the following day but he did not show up.”
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh stated that on the day in question, ranks went to Smart’s home and conducted a search. During the search, an officer went into Smart’s room and leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be marijuana were found in a blue barrel.
Smart was then arrested and, when told of the offence, he admitted to keeping the illegal substance for a friend. The magistrate, therefore, sentenced Smart to three years and six months behind bars.