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Sandys man gets one year in prison for intent to supply drugs

A Sandys man caught with more than $1,000 worth of cannabis in his pants was sentenced to a year in prison.

Waleed Rahman, 30, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to possessing cannabis with intent to supply in an incident on November 10 last year.

The court heard that at around 10pm that day, officers were stopping vehicles in Somerset when they say a blue motorcycle cut through the Southampton Rangers parking lot from South Road to Horseshoe Road.

Believing he may be trying to avoid the officers, police pursued and stopped the rider, who they identified as Rahman. During a search of his motorcycle, they discovered a brown paper twist containing plant material.

Police arrested Rahman and drove him to the Hamilton Police Station for processing. Once at the station, an officer noticed that Rahman smelled strongly of fresh cannabis.

They started to search Rahman’s clothes when a large plastic bag fell from Rahman’s groin area.

Inside the bag, officers found 16 paper twists, 13 small ziplock bags, five white paper twists and one clear plastic twist — all containing plant material.

Rahman later made a “full and frank” admission to officers in a recorded interview, saying the plant material was cannabis which he had intended to sell.

The twist found in Rahman’s motorcycle was found to contain 0.84g of cannabis, while the bag found on his person contained 21.6g of the drug. The total value of drugs seized was estimated to be around $1,117.

After pleading guilty to the offence, Rahman presented the court with a handwritten note stating that he was sorry for the offence.

He told the court: “I really and truly didn’t want to resort to selling marijuana. I was kicked out of my house and I didn’t have any income.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner however said that times were hard for people around the world, but the answer is not selling drugs.

Mr Warner also noted that Rahman had previously been convicted of possessing cannabis on three occasions among other offences.

“I have heard nothing from you that would cause the court to find there are special circumstances,” Mr Warner said. “This is, in my view based on the facts, a callous possession with intent to supply drugs.”

Mr Warner sentenced Rahman to 12 months’ imprisonment starting immediately.

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Published April 22, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm)

Sandys man gets one year in prison for intent to supply drugs

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