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Coconut boys could face three months in jail

A magistrate has set a deadline for four coconut water salesmen to get their business licenses.

If Dion Bethel, Lickerson Donfred, Sean Miller and Perez Swain don’t have their licenses by November 9, they’ll be sent to prison for three months.

Police arrested Bethel, Donfred and Miller for illegally selling their goods on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway on September 15.

Swain was arrested at his roadside business on the Charles Saunders Highway on September 10.

They pleaded guilty to operating without the required permits at arraignment before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux today.

The men won’t get criminal records if they receive their licenses by the court-ordered deadline.

Despite a campaign promise of a government for the people, the Minnis administration appears to be against the small man.

With no jobs to be had, scores of young men now have criminal records just for selling coconuts.

Last month, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis promised grants for coconut vendors to grow their businesses.

Still, police continue to put them before the courts.

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