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Men admit drug charges

A Devonshire man caught with cannabis under his bed was fined $2,000 in Magistrates’ Court.

Anthony Davis, 47, pleaded guilty to possessing 17.96 grammes of the controlled drug, along with a glass pipe and wooden grinder in an incident on October 2 last year.

The court heard that on that morning police launched a search of his home. Asked if he had anything liable for seizure, he directed officers to his bed, where they found a bag containing plantlike material.

Asked about it, he said: “That’s mine. It’s like a quarter.”

Officers also found a wooden grinder, a glass pipe, and a small bag containing 0.72 grammes of cannabis seeds during the search.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo remarked that Davis was lucky not to be charged with possession with intent to supply, given the quantity of drugs, fining him $1,000 for that offence. He further fined Davis $500 for the grinder and another $500 for the pipe.

The matter was just one of several revolving around cannabis appearing before the court.

Devon Stevens, 39, pleaded guilty to possessing 44.95 grammes of cannabis, which was found by officers during a search of his Pembroke home on November 25 last year.

The court heard that Stevens was stopped by officers on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent — a charge that he denies — and searched his home during the course of their investigation.

Inside the home, they found six separate bags of plantlike material, along with a digital scale and a pipe.

Mr Tokunbo ordered a social inquiry report and a drug assessment be carried out on Stevens, releasing him on bail until July 22, when he is to be sentenced.

His trial for taking vehicles without consent was scheduled to take place on the same day.

Also appearing before the courts was 20-year-old Dyishunn Simons, who admitted possessing 0.28 grammes of cannabis and giving police false information.

The court heard that on October 30 last year, he was stopped by police near the City Hall car park, where he gave his name as Koshaun Lightbourne. During a subsequent search, officers discovered a bag of plantlike material in his rear pants pocket.

Shown the bag, he told the officers: “Oh, I didn’t know that was there.”

He was taken to Hamilton Police Station, where officers became aware that he had given a false name and did not have a valid driver’s licence.

Mr Tokunbo ordered a social inquiry report be carried out on Simons and released him on bail until next month, when the matters will return before the courts.

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