A Jamaican man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison after police found 107 pounds of marijuana inside his home.
Police arrested 59-year-old Cecil Reid and two of his compatriots on January 23 after they found several crocus sacks of marijuana when they searched his home at Foster Street in Chippingham.
From the outset Reid took responsibility for his actions and told the arresting officers, “That’s my dope; no need to lock up my two friends.”
He maintained that position in court by pleading guilty to drug possession with intent to supply.
Reid’s friends Robert Tennant, 50, and Courtney Stewart, 43, were also arrested, but the prosecutor withdrew the charges against them yesterday.
As a result, Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes ordered their handover to immigration for deportation.
Reid’s lawyer, Miranda Adderley, unsuccessfully argued that Reid be fined, as she cited recent considerations for decriminalization of marijuana possession.
But the magistrate said public discourse on intended policy changes regarding the legalization of marijuana did not void the current laws.
Forbes also pointed out that those discussions concerned small amounts of marijuana and would not apply to 107 pounds.
Forbes said, “Reid’s conduct, agreed to by his plea, would not be accepted either here or his home country Jamaica.”
Reid, who was in the country for eight months before his arrest, will be deported after he completes his sentence.