$400,000 in fines for 25 pounds of ‘weed’
One of three St Mary men who were held by the Manchester police with 25 pounds of ganja, was slapped with fines amounting to $400,000 when he appeared in the Mandeville Parish Court on Monday.
Reports are that about 10:30 a.m. on October 23, the Manchester police intercepted a white Toyota Axio motorcar with three men on board travelling along the Spur Tree Hill main road in the parish.
During a search of the vehicle, the police found two bags containing loose and compressed ganja, weighing 25 pounds.
The Narcotics Police, who took over the investigation, subsequently interviewed and jointly charged all three men for possession of ganja, dealing in ganja and trafficking in ganja.
The three accused, 61-year-old Adrian McDonald and 24-year-old Fabian Waugh, both chefs of Cock Street, Port Maria; and Sadray Burray, 24, a construction worker of Friendship, Islington, appeared in the Mandeville Parish Court last Friday, but the matter was postponed until Monday.
When the case was called up on Monday, McDonald took the rap and pleaded guilty, and was hit with the unusually high fines. He was fined $80,000 for possession of ganja, with an alternative of eight months in prison; $160,000 for dealing in ganja, or eight months in prison; and $160,000 for trafficking ganja, or eight months in prison.
If the fines are not paid, the sentences are to run concurrently.
The charges were dismissed against the other two accused.