By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
In order to pay for a police record which costs $15.00, a 20-year-old youth set out to sell 14 grams of weed.
When the matter was taken to court, the presiding judge deemed the act ridiculous and remanded Maverick Akeem Forbes to prison for seven days.
Forbes wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a controlled drug. Although he was found with a small quantity, the Senior Magistrate informed him that he should have been charged with drug trafficking.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, during a routine search on New Road, police spotted Forbes acting suspiciously. When they searched him, PC Reid found a black plastic bag tucked in Forbes’ underwear. It contained eight grams of weed.
In court, Forbes explained that he needed the money in order to pay for a police record. It didn’t go across too well with the Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer and Forbes found himself facing a week at the Belize Central Prison pending sentencing.
An estimated value of the confiscated substance would have fetched anywhere between $20 and $70.
Sentencing has been deferred for Monday, October 26, 2015.