Man fined $20k for marijuana possession
A magistrate confiscated a 2009 Mazda used to transport 10 pounds of marijuana.
Officers on mobile patrol stopped Donald Parez Nairn, 55, on Beatrice Avenue off Prince Charles Drive on March 15 after their suspicions were aroused by the strong scent of marijuana coming from his car.
The officers found 10 pounds of marijuana inside and arrested Nairn for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.
Nairn, who had initially pleaded not guilty, changed his plea before the start of his trial before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain.
His lawyer Allan Emmanuel said that Nairn had fathered 10 children, ranging in age from seven to 30, by four women.
Emmanuel said that Nairn had committed to stay out of trouble and asked the court to give him a second chance.
Emmanuel asked the court to release the vehicle because it belonged to Nairn’s niece, but the magistrate said she was unable to as it had been used to commit a crime.
Swain fined Nairn $20,000 to avoid a two-year prison sentence.
Nairn paid a $5,000 deposit and returns to court on September 12 for a status report.