Jawara McIntosh, the son of Peter Tosh is headed to trial in September for Marijuana possession in Mahwah, NJ.
On Father’s Day Weekend 2013, Jawara, 35, was who driving a rental car was stopped by police for recklessly cutting off other motorists on Route 17, 65½ pounds of pot was found in the trunk.
He was travelling with passenger, 24-year-old Carlotta Z. Leslie, who both “denied any knowledge that the marijuana was in the vehicle,” police said at the time.
The officer who pulled over the 2013 Nissan Maxima said McIntosh was traveling without a license a, had open bottles of booze on the front seat and appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.
McIntosh and Leslie also gave conflicting accounts of where they’d come from and where they were headed, he said.
The vehicle was searched, with McIntosh’s consent, after other officers arrived: They found two large pieces of luggage in the trunk that reeked of pot, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli said at the time.
The officers found two bundles of marijuana inside one and a third in the other, Batelli said. One was shrink-wrapped, he said, and the other two were wrapped in duct tape.
Both were arrested on charges of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute the drug. McIntosh also was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of drugs, driving with a suspended license, improper passing and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.
Having refused to accept pleas, both were brought to court in Hackensack, NJ May 18th to begin the process of scheduling a trial.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Keith Travers previously said he’d offered the Dorchester, Mass. couple five years in state prison each, 12 months of which they must serve before being eligible for parole, if they pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
McIntosh, also known as Tosh 1 has been free since posting a $200,000 cash bond in December 2013.
In the words of his father, the immortal Peter Tosh “LEGALIZE IT!”
SOURCE: Caribbean Magazine.