Hefty fine for cannabis

ganjaCyrille Valmond of Mahaut River has until July 31, 2013 to pay a fine of over $20,000 on drug charges after he was arrested and pleaded guilty to the offence at the magistrate’s court in Roseau.

In an operation the police say they uprooted 402 tress of marijuana on February 28, 2013 and also confiscated marijuana seeds.

Valmond was arrested on that matter.

He was charged with possession of drugs and was fined $2,000 in default faces 7 months in jail.

On the charged of cultivation, he was slapped with $20,000 in default one year in jail.

In another drugs matter Ian Bedminister, who is presently on bail for an alleged charge of kidnapping, was arrested by the police for possession of cannabis to which he pleaded guilty and fined $1,000.

The police had searched a car in which he was driving and found a small quantity of the illegal drugs.

Bedminister was also charged for driving an unlicensed and uninsured motor vehicle and also driving without a valid driver’s license.

He was fined $400, $300 and $300 respectively for the offenses.

The fines are to be paid within 3 weeks in or default 14 months in jail.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Claude Weekes, prosecuted the matter on behalf of the state.

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  1. Tarzan
    February 25, 2016

    With that rap sheet this man should have
    Gone to jail for about twenty years. I don’t know where we get those magistrates.

  2. likeit
    March 6, 2013

    in the same post.. 20000 or 1 year jail… further down 1000 or 14 months jail.. no sense!!

  3. ti nom
    March 5, 2013

    i will not shame to go jail fi a spliff

  4. raggydy
    March 5, 2013

    valmond take ur jail go and eat the government free food save that $20 000 for when u get out to big up urself.,u have no light bill no water bill to pay,dominica is to hard to dish out 20 grand

  5. A Voice
    March 5, 2013

    Hmmm, I tell you man, the courts making the most money off the ganja trade.

    All you really expect them people to change their laws any time soon and kill that cash cow?

  6. hallie berrie
    March 5, 2013

    Valmond should plant cassava instead. sometimes the cassava bakery doh have bread because there is a short supply of cassava. man, you should do something constructive with your land. up for u

  7. bullcrop
    March 5, 2013

    you speaking balderdash malgraysa or watever is your name…three months and then confiscate…you have to kill me first before you take my keys from me cuz u didnot help me to buy my vehicle…

  8. Puff Papa
    March 5, 2013

    It’s “high” time to abolish these backward ganja laws… :oops:

  9. hunting season
    March 5, 2013

    $20.000 for one year jail hay i going jail big time i must eat drink bath and sleep so lets do that jail

  10. Dominicawoman
    March 5, 2013

    If the State cannot get them to pay the fines,then let them pay the State with hard labour. Enough community clean up is necessary in Roseau and all round the island.They should not be allowed free food.

  11. Krazy
    March 5, 2013

    valmond ain’t gonna pay over 20,000.00 he well want that kind of money to live nice in this hard economy times. my point take ur jail. :twisted:

  12. ok
    March 5, 2013

    20,000 dollars, or 1 year. Give me the year. Not the first and definitly not the last.

  13. Malgraysa
    March 5, 2013

    Not only driving without road tax, insurance or valid license. Too may vehicles are in an uroadworthy condition. How did they possibly pass police inspection? Inland Revenue has all vehicle registration numbers on record. They also know, which of these numbers are not up to date with road tax & insurance. Simple solution. Give them three months to fix this and after that confiscate the vehicles that have not complied.
    Time to get serious and for IR to work together with the police.

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