$500 fine for cannabis

A Marigot man will have to pay the court $500 after he was caught by police with 37 grams of marijuana.

Kenney Edwards, 22, appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis Friday morning at the Roseau Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

According to the facts of the case, early Friday morning  four men travelling on a Jeep were stopped at Bense by police who were conducting random searches of vehicles traversing that area.   During the search police found a white plastic bag in the glove compartment of the vehicle which contained 37 grams of cannabis.

“Marijuana that there, I just get it about 20 minutes ago,” the driver told the police.

Edwards was arrested by Portsmouth police, spent some time in the prison cell at the Portsmouth Police Station and subsequently brought to the Roseau Magistrate Court late Friday morning.

During the proceedings lawyer Wayne Norde pleaded with the court for mercy on his behalf. Norde told the court that the defendant is a construction worker and lives with his mother in Marigot who is dependent on him.

“He is a young man in his prime, I am begging that the court be lenient,” Norde said.

In handing down the sentence Magistrate Lewis considered the Criminal Justice Reform Act which demands special treatment for convicts under 23.

Edwards’ clean slate with the cops and guilty plea helped him secure a softer sentence.

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5 Comments

  1. real
    June 8, 2011

    first da police just can’t search you like without reason or suspicion. so they take advantage of the less fortunate. personally the police hide behind the badge. the place is so hard now man a little weed to make a dollar is Wat huh? all the real crimes are happening and the real joke is the they don’t ever c a magistrate. what a joke our law enforcement is. keep da real criminals safe en punish the small offenders. say Wat u want Dominicans you all dam well know is true.

  2. Gazette feuille caco
    June 6, 2011

    Let’s stop harrassing people for small amounts of weed. I suggest we legalize a small amount of weed for personal and religious uses. Let’s stop wasting time and money prosecuting people caught with small amounts of weed. I Suggest we direct our resources at fighting those responsible for destroying our young people. We must use the existing laws to seize what ever they purchase using the proceeds of their trade. Look around you and you’ll see them around the capital and elsewhere. We don’t need foreigners to tell us what to do about it. i’m calling on all our elected representatives to stand in one accord against this scourge. Are you afraid of loosing some votes and dirty money? Let us take the fight to their homes, offices, farms, bank accounts and god knows where else. Our young people are being destroyed while these murders continue to live the “good” life. IT’S TIME FOR ACTION. Cuss me if you want.

  3. hmm
    June 6, 2011

    I have a JOB as a teacher and I do smoke weed. I will be coming to Dominica for vacation and woud like to know how much weed am I allowed to have at my house that I wont be charged for…I know people might comment and say what kinda teacher dat…like I said before I am a normal person wh happened to get a JOB teaching….I have been suffering from Insomnia most of my life..doctors prescribed tables but had no good effect..most of the medicatio used to get me paranoid so I stopped taking them…my doctor mentioned that smoking one joint before oing to bed is ok….
    Some ofyou gus may ask what kinda example am I setting or te kids? mannnnn I tell you I get a JOB…so let me smoke my weed for me to sleep

  4. reeler
    June 6, 2011

    I didn’t know police could randomly search anyone here without cause.

    • ....
      June 6, 2011

      if you didnt know now you know!

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