Sickly woman selling drugs to buy medication

November 10, 2021

A 60-year-old woman yesterday told the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court that she was selling drugs to care for her grandchildren and buy her medication.

Rosemarie Williams pleaded guilty to being in possession of uncustomed goods, and dealing in and possession of ganja. The court heard that Williams' home was searched and 63 plastic bags of ganja along with illegal cigarettes were found under her bed.

Intrigued by the allegations, Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague allowed Williams to give an explanation for her actions.

"As you can see, I am a sick person and I lost my son. I have my grandkids to take care of and I have to buy my medication, so I have to do something," Williams said.

When quizzed by the judge why she chose to sell marijuana and illegal cigarettes, Williams replied "I don't tell lies so let me tell you the truth. They sell faster and I can get more money from it." She added that a cigarette stick is sold for $30. Williams revealed that she has an enlarged heart and diabetes.

The prosecution revealed that the forensic certificate proved that the cost of the uncustomed goods was $19, 492.12. However, the weight of the ganja has not yet been determined.

Cole-Montague fined Williams $20,000 for being in possession of uncustomed goods or serve three months' imprisonment.

"I will give you a good Christmas, so you can work by legitimate means [to save the money] for the other charges," the judge stressed. Williams is expected to return to court on January 13, 2022.

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