A man from the Dominica now finds himself indebted to the state of Antigua for a sum totaling $95,000 due to the discovery of marijuana and cocaine in his residence.
On March 16, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Albert Baker’s residence in Bathlodge.
During the search, they uncovered two Ziplock bags containing cannabis hidden beneath the washbasin in the bathroom, as well as a package of cocaine positioned on top of a closet in one of the bedrooms.
Initially, Baker and his partner faced charges together; however, he decided to assume sole responsibility for possessing all the illicit substances.
The marijuana, weighing 500 grams, is estimated to be valued at $4,800 on the street, while the 1,059 grams of cocaine hold an estimated worth of $38,124.
During his recent appearance before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, Baker was fined $15,000 for the marijuana offense.
He was warned that failure to pay this amount would result in a one-year prison sentence.
Additionally, Baker is required to pay $80,000 for the cocaine, failing which he will serve an 18-month imprisonment term.
Both fines must be settled by the end of October; otherwise, Baker will be taken into custody to serve the sentences concurrently.
Furthermore, as Baker lacks legal status in the country, he has been instructed to register with the authorities three days per week.
Once he completes his sentence, he will be transferred to immigration authorities for further processing.
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