Forty-five-year-old Anthony “Met” Luke of Mahaut has been asked to pay almost half a million dollars in fines forthwith or he will spend up to three years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to six charges relating to the cultivation and possession of cannabis, firearms and ammunition yesterday at a magistrates’ court.

Luke, a farmer who operates in the Layou Park area, was intercepted by police on Saturday, December 18, 2010, and with a warrant the lawmen searched his premises and discovered several rounds of live ammunition and spent shells of different calibers of weapons, namely two 9 mm, a .357 pistol and a 12-gauge shot gun were found.

Luke was also charged and convicted for the cultivation of marijuana in the heights of St. Joseph where over 2,200 cannabis trees were uprooted. Luke has three houses on his five-acre property. Some drugs were also found in the attic of one of his houses. The total weight of drugs found was 360 pounds.

He was sentenced to pay $450,000 forthwith for the cultivation of cannabis or two years and six months in prison. There was no separate penalty for the possession of cannabis.

He was also fined $3,000 on each of the three firearm convictions with a default jail sentence of six months for each sentence. These charges include the possession of 13 rounds of 12 gauge ammunition, and two rounds of live 9 mm ammunition. He was also fined $500 for the intent to supply or he will spend one month in prison.

He was represented by Counsel Darius Jones. Magistrate Candia George presided over the matter.