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Social inquiry report on drugs charge man

A social inquiry report was yesterday ordered on a man after he admitted possession of more than $1,700 worth of cocaine with intent to supply.

Magistrates’ Court heard that police stopped Zjah Fari Smith, 25, on St John’s Road in Pembroke after they saw him riding a motorcycle at high speed with a broken light.

Officers smelled cannabis on him and searched him and his motorcycle and found 14 brown twist bags containing an off-white substance in a pants pocket.

Smith told police: “I was taking it to a friend.”

He was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and was taken to Hamilton Police Station where he admitted that the bags contained cocaine.

Tests confirmed that the bags contained a total of 6.76 grams of cocaine, said to have a total street value of $1,750.

Officers also found $120 in cash in Smith’s bike that they believed was the proceeds of drug sales.

The incident took place on January 1.

Smith, from Pembroke, first appeared in Magistrates’ Court on October 2 and was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of a grinder for use in the drugs trade.

Smith at first pleaded not guilty to the offences, but switched to a guilty plea on the drug charge yesterday.

Prosecutors offered no evidence on the grinder charge and it was dropped.

Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe heard that Smith had no previous convictions and ordered a social inquiry report.

He adjourned the case until February 1 and released Smith on $3,000 bail.

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