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Montego Bay woman charged with ganja possession awaits sentencing

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM


An 18-year-old Montego Bay woman will have a social enquiry report prepared for her to determine her sentence on May 11 after being arrested for five pounds of ganja.

Jodian Brissett pleaded guilty to possession of ganja when she appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

She had initially pleaded not guilty to dealing in ganja, but that plea was changed to guilty.

The court was told that at the time of Brissett's arrest, the drug was found wrapped in 10 parcels. The date and location of the arrest were not outlined.

"What were you doing with the ganja?" inquired Resident Magistrate Sandra Wong-Small.

"I was going to sell it," Brissett answered.

"If you have it for the purpose of selling it, that's dealing," Wong-Small declared.

When questioned about her family, Brissett revealed that she lived with her grandparents as her father was deceased and her mother was a drug addict.

"Are you smoking ganja?" Wong-Small asked Brissett.

"I used to, Miss. Two months before the police caught me, and I use it to make tea," admitted Brissett.

"Then you're still using ganja, Miss. Ganja is worse than cocaine because up to five weeks after you stop using it, it's still in your system," the RM chastised her.

The judge then ordered that a social enquiry report be prepared to help in determining Brissett's sentence when she returns to court on May 11.