A Point Fortin man who was caught by the police transporting 2.1 kilogrammes of marijuana has been jailed for 18 months.
Johnny Jerome,38, of Chatham, pleaded guilty before Point Fortin Magistrate Alicia Chankar to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
During his court appearance, Jerome told the magistrate that his house burnt down some time ago and he was just trying something.
He was arrested on Monday by PC Bowen who was in the company of PC Loubon, PC Durity and PC Periera of the South Western Division Division Task Force. Prosecutor Sgt Jessie Jitmansingh said the officers were on mobile patrol along Southern Central Road, Point Fortin when they saw a speeding white silver cab Mazda pick up.
The police officers stopped the vehicle which was being driven by Jerome. Upon searching the van, PC Bowen found four brown rectangular packets containing the marijuana behind the driver’s seat.
The marijuana had a street value of $21,000.
Jerome had a pending matter for firearm possession but no convictions.