Jermaine Alex Grant fined for possession of drugs

vlcsnap-2013-08-14-07h24m00s25127-year-old Jermaine Alex Grant was arraigned Tuesday morning in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of possession of a controlled drug.     According to police, yesterday afternoon, officers were conducting mobile patrol in the area of East Collect Canal when Grant was spotted acting suspiciously. Police searched him and found a plastic bag of weed in the crotch of Grant’s boxers. 17 small parcels of weed were inside the bag and weighed 15.6 grams in all. When Grant appeared before Magistrate Hettie-Mae Stewart this morning, he wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the drug charge. He asked the court for leniency.  Magistrate Stewart then imposed a non-custodial sentence and fined him $1,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court of which he was ordered to pay $200 immediately. The balance of $800 is to be paid by October 15, 2013 or else he spends 6 months in prison.   The magistrate explained to him that she was lenient with him as for every 1 gram of weed, she could have imposed a fine of $100 each which would have amounted to a fine of $1,500. Grant was able to pay the $200 fine and was set free.

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