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A Brewer's Bay man who allegedly asked Police for "a break" to hide four marijuana plants, appeared in the Magistrate's Court charged with unlawful cultivation of cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis.
On Friday, August 17, Michael Lloyd pleaded not guilty to the charges after a doctor cleared him to enter a plea.
According to the allegations, Police were in the Brewer's Bay area on July 11, 2012 at about 5:30 pm responding to an anonymous caller when they met Lloyd with a machete in his hand.
The officers, clad in plain clothes, identified themselves and asked why he was carrying a machete. Lloyd allegedly told the officers that it was used for planting crop. When he was further asked by the officers what crops he planted, Lloyd reportedly said that he planted pineapples.
Further, allegations state that officers observed a shed not far away and asked who the shed belonged to. Lloyd reportedly told officers that the shed belonged to him. He was also asked if there were any weapons in the shed and Lloyd reportedly replied, "we gon see".
Lloyd led officers to the shed and told them to wait as he wanted to get someone out, but officers said that from where they were standing, they did not observe anyone in the shed.
According to the allegations, officers also observed a ladder against the shed. One officer climbed up and observed four pots of what he suspected to be marijuana plants about three feet in height.
Lloyd allegedly told officers "it's weed; they are mine. I was going to hide them in the morning. Can you give me a break?"
He was arrested and taken to the Road Town Police Station.
During the interview with Police, Lloyd reportedly denied knowledge of the plants and said it was the Police who brought them.
Magistrate Tamia Richards granted Lloyd bail in the amount of $10,000 signed surety. As part of the bail conditions, Lloyd has to attend sessions at the Sandy Lane Centre.
Lloyd plans to represent himself. The case will be called again on October 10.