The son of a housekeeper who works for former attorney general Anand Ramlogan on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of the illegal herb.
Kevin Ragbir, 37, was arrested during a police raid at his home at Philippine, San Fernando on Wednesday.
Ragbir, a gardener and electrician, appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said around 7.10 am on Wednesday the police went to his home with a warrant to search for arms and ammunition.
The accused admitted he had a small quantity of drugs in his room and marijuana trees growing in two buckets in the backyard.
The marijuana found in his room weighed 4.1 grammes.
His attorney Lester Chariah said Ragbir had no previous convictions or pending matters and has accepted culpability for the crimes.
Chariah said the drugs were for Ragbir’s personal use.
The attorney said his client grew the plants accidentally and never intended to sell the illegal drugs.
Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor said had it not been for the cultivating charge she would have considered placing Ragbir on a bond to keep the peace.
Instead, the magistrate fined him $750 or in default 60 days hard labour on the possession charge and $2,500 or four months in jail on the cultivating charge.
He was ordered to pay $1,000 immediately and allowed one month to pay the balance.
The magistrate also ordered that the seized marijuana and plants be destroyed.
Ragbir’s parents Goomatee and Pooran Ragbir were in court for the matter.
Goomatee had claimed the police taunted her during the raid which took place two days after Ramlogan appeared in court on three criminal charges.
Officers denied the raid was linked to the Ramlogan case.
Reporter: Sacha Wilson