Com­mu­nity ser­vice, fine for drug of­fences

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A 22-YEAR-OLD UN­EM­PLOYED MAN was fined by Act­ing Mag­is­trate San­dra Rawl­ins af­ter ad­mit­ting to four of­fences on Tues­day.

Christo­pher An­der­son Cae­sar, of Cam­paign Land, Martin­dale’s Road, St Michael, pleaded guilty in the Bridgetown Traf­fic Court to un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of cannabis, in­tent to sup­ply and traf­fick­ing, and hav­ing an ap­pa­ra­tus. The drugs had an ap­prox­i­mate value of $300. Cae­sar must pay $2 500 in six weeks, or spend three months in prison, for the traf­fick­ing. For pos­ses­sion, he was ordered to com­plete 240 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, while he was rep­ri­manded and dis­charged on the other mat­ters.

He re­turns to court on Jan­uary 26. ( RA) was hold­ing on for half-hour . . . so I hang up,” Dana said. She added that since then the po­lice still had not come back look­ing for her, nei­ther had she heard any­thing else from them.

How­ever, a few days af­ter the first in­ci­dent, po­lice turned up at the house again, and this time they searched both Donna and her sis­ter’s house with­out show­ing any war­rants, the fam­ily al­leged.

Com­plaints

“They told me that they got com­plaints from all of the po­lice sta­tions that I sell­ing bul­let­proof vests and guns,” Donna said. “I tell them I ain’t know noth­ing ’bout noth­ing so and I say, ‘Wuh if I was sell­ing guns and vests, I would live in such a small house?’ The po­lice­man look at me and and say that they get a com­plaint the night be­fore, and have a nice day and they went long,” she re­lated.

While they thought that was the end of it, last Fri­day the cops vis­ited them yet again.

“They turned up here around seven o’clock in the morn­ing and say they look­ing for a fugi­tive. They started search­ing my sis­ter’s house,” Donna said. “My brother come out and tell them if they ain’t got no search war­rant to leave, and they left the house.”

The fam­ily said they later found out that the fugi­tive was Rom­mel Daniel.

“We don’t even know that man. We only read about him on so­cial me­dia . . . .”

The Bai­leys said they felt ha­rassed by the po­lice and were plan­ning to make an of­fi­cial com­plaint with the com­mis­sioner.

“When we ask them why they com­ing here all the time so, they gine ask if we got any dis­pute with any neigh­bours over land. This thing got we stress out and the chil­dren scared. They com­ing here all the time so ’bout things that we ain’t know noth­ing about. They ain’t com­ing here with any fe­males of­fi­cers and the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple that live in th­ese houses are fe­male,” Dana cried.

She wanted the news­pa­per to de­liver a mes­sage to the po­lice.

“If they want to ques­tion me about any guns and bul­let­proof vests, I am here, come to me,” she stated.

When in­formed about the fam­ily’s com­plaints, po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Act­ing In­spec­tor Roland Cob­bler ad­vised that the fam­ily could make an of­fi­cial re­port to the Po­lice Com­plaints Au­thor­ity or the Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional Re­spon­si­bil­ity, if they be­lieved there was any wrong­do­ing by the po­lice.

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