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St Elizabeth man fined for ganja

Published:Wednesday | January 28, 2015 | 9:23 AM

A St Elizabeth man who pleaded guilty to three ganja-related charges has been fined more than $200,000.

Ronald Brown was fined Monday in the St Elizabeth Resident Magistrate’s Court for possession of, dealing in and trafficking ganja.

Each charge also carries a three-month prison sentence.

If he fails to pay the $271,000 fine, he is to be imprisoned for nine months.

However, the court ordered that if he is to be sent to prison, the sentences are to run concurrently which means he would only spend three months behind bars.

It was alleged that on January 23, the police were conducting spot checks along the Pisgah road, when a blue Toyota motor vehicle was pulled over.

Upon searching the vehicle, the police reportedly found four plastic bags containing ganja weighing approximately 40 pounds.

Brown, who was the driver, and two other occupants were arrested and charged.

In court, Brown claimed responsibility for the ganja and said the other men had no knowledge of the drugs.

The other two men were then freed.


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