Magistrate fines ganja farmer $18,000 for cultivation of 236 Cannabis plants

first_img Tweet LocalNews Magistrate fines ganja farmer $18,000 for cultivation of 236 Cannabis plants by: – January 10, 2012 Share Cannabis plants. Photo credit: en.wikipedia.orgA local magistrate has fined a Trafalgar farmer $18, 000.00 for cultivation of 236 Cannabis plants.Stafford Anthony Piper pleaded guilty to possession of Cannabis and cultivation of 236 plants of Cannabis when he appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis in Roseau on Monday.On Sunday 8th January, 2012 about 2:30pm Constable Yankey B and other officers of the Task Force visited the home of Piper with a search warrant. The officers identified themselves to the Defendant and informed him of the search warrant permitted them to search his dwelling home and premises. A complete search of the Defendant’s home did not yield anything which he could be held liable for, however the officers continued searching the Defendant’s premises. Almost 250 feet from the Defendant’s yard, the officers found a small cultivation of 236 alleged Cannabis trees on his farm. Constable Yankey informed the Defendant of his finding and cautioned him, to which he replied’ ‘Is my marijuana, is mine.” He was arrested on suspicion, uprooted the alleged Cannabis trees, kept 9 of those trees as Court exhibit and the destroyed the remaining 227 trees in the Defendant’s presence. The Defendant, along with the alleged Cannabis trees were taken to the Police Head Quarters in Roseau, the samples were sent to the Government Lab for testing which confirmed that they were in fact Cannabis plants.At the police headquarters, the Defendant was again cautioned and he replied, ‘I sorry for cultivating the weed.’ Piper told the Court, “I’m very sorry and would like the chance to return to my farm to take care of my vegetables”.Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes told the Court that the Defendant had one previous offence in 1993 and that he cooperated very well with the police. He also highlighted the seriousness of the offence. Magistrate Lewis fined the Defendant $18, 000.00 on the cultivation of Cannabis charge of which he must pay $5000.00 on or before the 31st day of March, 2012 or in default spend 4 months in prison and the balance of $13, 000.00 on or before the 31st December, 2012.Mr. Lewis informed the Defendant that he could pay the fine in installments, as long as the entire sum is paid on or before July 31, 2012. No separate fine was imposed for the possession charge. Dominica Vibes News 92 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img

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