A man who admitted to having over three pounds of marijuana with the intention of selling it was on Tuesday fined $6,000.
Police arrested Craig Bullard, 55, after they found the drugs during a search of his property at Bay Geranium in Pinewood Gardens.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply at his arraignment before Magistrate Samuel McKinney.
The counts relate to the discovery of drugs on the inside of his home and in the yard.
In mitigation, defense lawyer Jomo Campbell acknowledged Bullard’s previous drug conviction in 2018 for which he was fined $3,000.
Still, Campbell argued that the court shouldn’t send the reoffender to prison, where taxpayers’ dollars would have to feed and house him.
Instead, Campbell suggested that a fine would “add money to the treasury, which is much needed at this time”.
As Bullard is a recidivist, McKinney imposed a $6,000 fine as an alternative to a one-year prison sentence.
He had to pay $4,000 of that immediately to be released from custody. The balance is due by August 14.