Man Fined Heavily for Marijuana Cultivation

court3.jpgOne Morne Prosper resident will have to work overtime from now untill December 31st to pay fines after facing Roseau Magistrate Evelina Baptiste on Monday September 10th.

48 year old Hendricks Julius Wade pled guilty to possession of cannabis and cultivation of cannabis after an incident which occurred on September 8th, 2012.

According to the facts of the case read by Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes, police officers who were on mobile patrol in an area known as Caso spotted Mr. Wade standing under a galvanized covering near a marijuana plantation.

When questioned by the police officer Mr. Wade replied, “Officer Marijuana trees that there and I Julius Wade that plant them in early March this year, about 400 trees.”

He also added it is to help his family as he has seven children and things are crucial.

The officer also found tools near to the defendant which he explained, he uses the cutlass to clean around the trees and an axe to dig holes to plant them.

In mitigation the defendant said that he has a child who attends high school, and things are crucial at the market where he sells produce.

However the first time offender made things worse for himself when he said, “Is do I do it already and I will try my best not to do it again, I try something and they hold me.”

Before handing down the sentence Magistrate Baptiste said the prevalence and destructive nature of drugs in the community is of concern.

She also added it is not ethical to produce drugs to hurt the youth because business in the market is bad, and there are other legal things he can do to earn an income.

On the charge of possession of cannabis the defendant was fined $5000 to be paid by December 31st or in default spend 8 months in prison.

The defendant was shocked upon being fined $50,000 for cultivation of cannabis which has to be paid be the above mentioned date or in default spend 1 year 5 months in prison.

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