Layou Man Slapped with Three Charges

court3.jpgThree men from the Communities of St. Joseph and Layou appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on Tuesday August 27th,where they were slapped with three charges.

Ezra Edmund, Tony King and Ezly Edmund, were all charged; unlawfully cultivating 2184 plants with a street value of  364000.00,  drug trafficking of a controlled substance with intent to supply and possession of a controlled substance namely cannabis.

Tony King and Ezly Edmund pleaded not guilty to all three charges while Ezra Edmund pleaded guilty to all three charges.

Prosecutor in the case Inspector Claude Weekes said on Sunday August 25th members of the Task Force, Special Unit and Drug Squad, noticed a number of cannabis plants located close to the EO Leblanc Highway.

The officers proceeded to the area with a small wooden building and saw one of the defendant’s outside.

The officer informed them of the mission and Mr. Edmund admitted that the plants were his.

The officers also found a clear plastic bag and a Ziploc bag containing cannabis inside the house.

All three defendants were arrested on suspicions, cautioned and was then taken to the Police Head Quarters.

In mitigation, Ezra Edmund stated he has been unable to work since 2011 and decided to engage in the cultivation of cannabis to help support his family.

Edmund was charged 10,000 dollars for the cultivation of cannabis to be paid within 3 months or in default spend one year in prison.

For possession with intent to distribute he was charged 10,000 dollars to be paid within 6 months or in default spend one year in prison.

No separate penalty was imposed for the possession of cannabis.

Magistrate Bernard Pacquette granted Tony King and Ezly Edmund bail in the sum of 50,000.00.

However, bail applications for the men were not settled due to the lack of documents.

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