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Man tells court weed not his; bedroom shared

says officers bending truth against him
Mr. Blyden told the court that cannabis was not his, as he shares the bedroom with others. He added that he is not brain damaged, he is sane and the officers are trying to bend the truth against him. Photo: VINO/Staff
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Donnell Blyden, who appeared before the Magistrate's Court charged with possession of cannabis and intent to supply yesterday August 29, 2012, denied ownership of the drug and stated that he shares the bedroom with other family members.

Allegations are that officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force went to the home of Mr. Blyden in Cane Garden Bay on August 24, 2010, with a search warrant to search for a stolen Apple iPod, and found what appeared to be cannabis seedlings and cannabis. 

In his own defense, Mr. Blyden told the court that as much as he sleeps in the bedroom, he shares the bedroom with other family members. 

He told the court that neither the cannabis nor the seedlings are his, and could have been anybody else’s who was also staying in the home. 

“Other people have access to my room cause it’s never locked, if I had something to hide, then I would always lock my door, but I don’t have anything to hide.” 

According to Mr. Blyden, the officers found the controlled drug sitting in a chair, under a pile of clothes belonging to his cousins, who were staying with his family off and on. 

Court records also stated that while officers were still conducting a search on the home, they allegedly found ‘dime bags’ under the mattress of his mother’s bed in her bedroom which he said his mother uses to display her crafts when selling them.

Cross examining the defendant, Crown Counsel Representative Herbert Potter told Mr. Blyden that his words given in court that day weren’t truthful, as according to police recollection and records of that day, the cannabis was found on top of the closet underneath some clothes.

Mr. Potter also told the defendant that it is his belief that the bags found, belong to him, and that he uses them to distribute the drugs.

In police statements read to the court, they alleged that during the search, Mr. Blyden said “those are some seeds I use to plant with a partner… I totally forgot they were still there… sometimes I do a lil hustling… officers give me a chance a trying to get me life back in order.”

Blyden denied saying all those comments and told the court that the “officers are trying to bend the truth against me… I never plant seeds in my life, I ain’t brain damage and I sane, I know what I saying.”

Mr. Blyden will return to court on October 17, 2012.

6 Responses to “Man tells court weed not his; bedroom shared”

  • bob (29/08/2012, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We really have to talk seriously about legalizing this thing. Too many of our young man getting in trouble over this!
  • Ning (29/08/2012, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why cant we all just get abong and give peace pipe a chance?
  • rat tail (29/08/2012, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    tis like everyday in court we here the same thing in this subject we need to get to the root of the problem
  • BB (29/08/2012, 11:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The problem is not the leaf, the problem lies in us! Even if they legalize it, we will still search for something prohibited and use it. We are the problem not the leaf.
  • bam see (29/08/2012, 13:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this man dont clean his room
  • ------------------ (29/08/2012, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too much young people are smoke out on tis weed

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