A PENSIONER who hid packets of drugs in a couch was yesterday advised to eat fudge instead of smoking marijuana.
Joseph Tenia, 64, pleaded guilty to having eight packets of “ten piece” marijuana in the living room furniture.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Russell Ramoutar said last Friday, officers executed a search warrant at a Pond Street, La Romaine residence.
Tenia told the police that he had been staying at the house for the past three days.
Officers found a bag containing 40 grammes, hidden in a cream-coloured single seat couch in the living room of the apartment.
Tenia, who had no lawyer, described the drugs in each bag as a “ten piece”.
He told San Fernando Magistrate Aden Stroude that the illegal substance was for his personal use.
Asked why he had so much, Tenia said he intended for it to last him a while.
“At 64 years, with two previous convictions for marijuana, one for trafficking, and you still haven’t learnt any lessons? Marijuana so sweet? Eat fudge instead,” Stroude said.
He admitted that sentencing Tenia had him “between a rock and a hard place” as sending the elderly man to prison would neither serve him (Tenia) nor the State.
Stroude fined Tenia, a fruit vendor, $8,000.
He was given two weeks to pay the money or face two years in prison.
Mother of five Melissa Lawrence, who was jointly charged by Corporal Adrian Joseph with the offence, pleaded not guilty.
Attorney Shaun Teekasingh said the 28-year-old labourer had no pending matters but had been convicted once in the past.
Stroude placed her on $20,000 bail and ordered that she return to court on September 9.