A 20-year-old man who on Tuesday pleaded guilty before a Sangre Grande Magistrate to a Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Trafficking charge was fined $15,000.
Omari Williams, also known as ‘Twiggs,’ of Bailey Avenue, North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande, was given six months to pay the fine or serve two years hard labour should he fail to do so when he appeared virtually before Magistrate Cheron Raphael.
Williams was one of two men held during a drug block eradication exercise by officers of the Eastern Division Task Force (EDTF) in the Sangre Grande district on November 10th.
He was charged with Possession of 1.6 Kilogrammes of Cannabis for the Purpose of Trafficking by PC Aberdeen.
Another suspect, 29-year-old Micah Cadette, unemployed, of Branch Road Wallenville, Sangre Grande, was also charged with Possession of 69 Grammes of Cannabis.
Cadette, who was charged by PC James, was granted bail by a Justice of the Peace and will appear before the court on November 23rd to answer the charge.
According to police reports, EDTF police officers conducted an exercise during the period 3 pm and 8 pm on November 10th, led by Sgt Bhim and Cpl Singh, where several priority offenders were targeted and several drug blocks were raided.
During the exercise coordinated by Inspector Ramkissoon, two suspects were arrested for the drug offences and later charged following investigations.