A MAN who planned to sell a block of marijuana to assist in the purchase of school books for his children was yesterday ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Beris Joseph, 28, of Moruga, was given one week to pay the money or serve six months' hard labour.
Magistrate Alicia Chankar heard that at 11 a.m. last week Friday, police officers were on mobile patrol in Cocoyea, when they saw Joseph walking along the roadway.
Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said Joseph looked in their direction and quickly turned away.
A bag containing 500 grammes of the illegal drug was found in his hand.
Prominent secondary school
Joseph was charged by Constable Aaron Loutan.
The father of four told the court one of his children had written the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination and was due to enter a prominent secondary school. He said he was going to sell the drugs to a friend to be able “to buy a lil books”.
Joseph said he worked out at sea and in the construction industry, and anticipated he would have received $2,000 for the drugs.