Two People Fined For Drug Possession

January 17, 2012

In Magistrates Court this morning [Jan.17], two persons who are not connected, pleaded guilty and were fined a total of $3,000 for being in possession of small amounts of cocaine, heroin, and cannabis.

First to appear was 53-year-old St George’s resident William Dickinson. He pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing 0.05 grams of cocaine and a second charge of possessing 1.58 grams of cannabis on 24th September 2011.

The evidence was that Dickinson had been stopped by Police on Palmetto Road in Devonshire. Police had originally stopped him because he was speeding but on dealing with that, they noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

Suspecting that he was in possession of an illegal drug, Police searched him and found a twist containing a chalk-like substance. Arrested on suspicion, taken to Hamilton Police Station, Dickinson was searched more thoroughly and Police found another plastic bag with plant-like material. On analysis, the first find was 0.05 grams of cocaine and the second was 1.58 grams of cannabis. Mr Dickinson was fined $1,000 on each charge.

Next up was 40-year-old Allison Swan of Camp Hill Warwick. She pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing 0.14 grams of diamorphine [heroin] at Mount Hill in Pembroke on 5th August 2011.

The evidence was that Police saw Ms Swan and another person travelling on a motorcycle. Realizing that there was an outstanding warrant for Ms Swan, the pair were stopped and Ms Swan was taken into Police custody.

At Hamilton Police Station, the routine search of her handbag turned up a small twist. Ms Swan told Police searchers: “It’s heroin and it is mine.” On analysis, the twist was found to contain 0.14 grams of heroin.

Senior Magistrate Archie Warner fined her $1,000.

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