A farmer of Kurisimie Creek in the North West District was fined $10,000 and also jailed for four years yesterday, after he was convicted of planting cannabis at his farm. He was also found with some cannabis in his camp.
Frank Daniels, 40, was sentenced by Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson for two charges being cultivation of a prohibited plant and possession of narcotics.
On October 24, at Kurisimie Creek, the accused cultivated a prohibited plant being cannabis. On the same day he had in his possession 814 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
Daniels who pleaded guilty was unrepresented. He told the court that he did it for the money. He claimed that he is a poor man with children and grand children for whom he had to provide for.
Police prosecutor Deneashwar Maindranauth stated that police acted on information and went to his farm at Kurisimie where they found the prohibited plants among some cassava tree.
Daniels was informed of the discovery and arrested. Police later searched his camp and found the 814 grams of cannabis and he was subsequently charged.
Daniels was given a fine of $10,000 along with four years for the cultivation charge and three years for the possession charge. However, the sentences are to run concurrently.
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