Grand Bay man fined $10, 000 for cannabis

Grand Bay cannabis2Adonijah Casimir of Bala Park, Grand Bay, has been fined $10,000.00 for possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply the illegal drug.

A Roseau magistrate gave him until December 31, 2013 to pay, after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Casimir’s house was searched by members of the Drugs Squad on April 18, 2013. When asked if he had any cannabis at his home, he replied “officer I have some in a blue barrel.”

During the search, some marijuana seeds and 7 pounds the illegal substance were found along with EC$270.00 which was seized.

If he fails to pay the EC$10,000.00 by December 31, 2013, Casimir will go to jail for 1 year.

Meantime, in another drug matter brothers Heskeith Thomas and Joseph Malcolm Thomas of Petite Savanne were each sent to jailed for two and a half years after they pleaded guilty to charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis.

The drugs were discovered by the Drugs Squad during a bush patrol at Stowe. They seized 145 pounds of marijuana and 345 grown trees.
The men pleaded guilty to the offence.

 

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46 Comments

  1. Curious
    April 22, 2013

    I’m not a smoker but i take few alcoholic drinks now and then. I’ve been around ganja smokers for many decades.
    1. I still can’t understand the logic of allowing the use (and abuse) of alcohol, a know manufactured poison, and jailing young men for smoking ganja.

  2. PD
    April 22, 2013

    I don’t buy or sell marijuana.
    I grow just enough for my personal use . who am I harming?
    I hate the idea that I’ve got to hide it from the Police . . and OTHER petty thieves.

  3. Lawman
    April 22, 2013

    I strongly believe that Marijuana use should be decriminalized, however, until that day it is against the law in Dominica to Cultivate, Possess or Supply it. Also note that there is not one country on this earth where Marijuana is Legal, except for Medical use with a prescription. I agree with persons who say that the Police should utilize more of their resources in the fight against Cocaine dealers. Weed never kill anybody!!

  4. this men
    April 22, 2013

    yes we need jods know work know money and we familys too give food thats not d poite :(

    • this men
      April 22, 2013

      and what abourt d cigarret it good

  5. monster
    April 21, 2013

    That FREAKING government is just like the damn republicans’their motto:only the rich should have and the poor to be controlled.’see what happen to chavez and castro.keep on abusing,every dog has its day.God forgive me!!

  6. Pundit
    April 21, 2013

    It is time that the Rastafarian society come togather to lobby govt on changing some of these harsh laws against the hold herb, the world is a changing place as it pertains to how this herb is treated. There are many bi-products that can derived from the holy herb other than smoking it.

  7. ACER1
    April 21, 2013

    Dont worry about family….THey Cant keep a good man down…u go show they u still shining

  8. April 21, 2013

    one question to the dominica drug squard,do they have a serch warrant to search your home before they enter yor gate,much less for coming to your home,dominica police does not follow the law,plzz my people u can sue them if u know the law,be on the alert my people.

    • Justice and Truth
      April 21, 2013

      You make me laugh. :lol: If he may be able to sue them, the police have proof. So who will win in the end? The man will only be putting himself in more hot water.

      • April 21, 2013

        yes they have proof ,the question is do they have a search warrant to conduct thier search,money run things my friend not them police man,i had a case in 1997 in dominica they search my car and never ask me to do so,ok they fine what they wanted,they charge me,all the 3 of the officers had to pay a fine of 50 ,ooo ec just not asking me to search my car,my friend i know the law from a to z plzz thats our problem we fail to go through the commonwealth of dominica law book.right now i am in the usa base in germany.the law is for rich and poor my friend.plzz revise the law book.

    • monster
      April 21, 2013

      its all about competition and snitching,warrant is of no use.good to burn these snitches alive.

  9. sphinx
    April 21, 2013

    question:how can man dub a plant illegale.so what we are saying there are plants that should not be there?i totally agree with laws against the selling of weed just to smoke and get high but how can we neglect the proven facts that marijuana has some positive sides.if america and europe come out and say ,ok ease up,then we will have evryone say:ok there are 2 sides to everything.

  10. grandma
    April 21, 2013

    Is it illegal to keep $270.00 in one’s house?

    • chen ling don
      April 21, 2013

      @ grandma

      Yes, its “illegal” for the malayway to have 270 measly dollars at his home. In the meanwhile the big politicians and their cronies, can have millions of dollars worth of villas and other unaccounted properties “legally”.

      Like the calysonian sang ‘every thing is back to front’ in DA.

    • monster
      April 21, 2013

      not their fault,those police hungry!they hold that to buy food on the road.

  11. Justice and Truth
    April 20, 2013

    It pays to obey the Law. One who obeys the Law has nothing to worry about. It costs a lot to disobey the Law, paying a fine, imprisonment, having a criminal record and those who do will always be under scrutiny. That is the Law! Obey it!

    • %
      April 21, 2013

      What you should have added is those leaders who disobey the law should have their day in court. Stop being a dam hypocrite which is what all your boggs suggest.

      • Justice and Truth
        April 21, 2013

        Who are you calling hypocrite? You do not know me. Therefore, in future, refrain from calling others hypocrite. If you think that the leaders disobey why do you not do something about it and prove it instead of incriminating them, scandalizing their names, blabbing about it and insulting others on this Website, you ungodly person? It has no bearing on this issue. You should be sued for scandalizing the good names of others. You must be one of those who deal with and ingest illegal drugs. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  12. lang dough
    April 20, 2013

    The system is extreme hard on the marijuana folks that are born an bred in DOMINICA yet when Haitians and other foreigners come here and VIOLATE the local laws they are treated with KINDNESS and passivity.

  13. sexy
    April 20, 2013

    that how life is :mrgreen:

  14. antedote for fools
    April 20, 2013

    Who really benefits from those prison sentences? Obviously no one. Why are laws in Dominica still so backward and those who have the power to at least get in step with what is happening in Europe, USA and the rest of the world? Why not change policy and at least ensure lighter sentences. Tax payers have to maintain prisoners uselessly.Are these magistrates on their own planet?

  15. Neutral
    April 20, 2013

    A total waste of resources. Wake up and treat marijuana like alcohol. Legalize it and tax it. It is time Dominica joint the 21st century.

  16. Anonymous
    April 20, 2013

    go ahead drugs squad hope all u clean all u yard first cause all dog have thier day!!!!

  17. Dominiquen
    April 20, 2013

    If certain States in the US can legalise marijuana so can Dominica. :?:

    • April 20, 2013

      yes but if you know that the state has legalized it then you would also know that it is still against federal law and can still go to jail for it

    • German
      April 20, 2013

      I live in St.Thomas and the people of the virgin islands just approve a bill allowing the growing of medical Hemp. Nature Island legalize Nature NATURAL PLANT :-D

    • B.E.B
      April 20, 2013

      the amount he had was far too much to be legalized

    • dominican
      April 20, 2013

      instead the US and England want us to legalize buggery and same sex marriage,. what a shame.

    • Justice and Truth
      April 20, 2013

      In this case, do not compare the US States to Dominica. For one, the US is a big country. Dominica is a small one. Consider DA population. Can you imagine if the majority of Dominicans traffic in marijuana and ingested it what would happen to DA and those people? Drugs also lead to other crimes as drug turfs, injuries and murder.
      In any case, you are not totally correct. There are restrictions. Not all US nationals can grow these drugs. If they are allowed to grow it, there is a restriction on the amount that they can grow. In addition, there is also a restriction on how much illegal drug is permissible on a person. If they traffic in it and are found to have an abnormal amount on them or in their homes, they will be prosecuted. It is not a free for all. Therefore, when you make a statement about that you must clarify it.

      • Ganja Famer
        April 22, 2013

        You sound very dumb trying t justify while a man/woman will be classified a criminal for a plant.
        EXACTLY TO THE POINT, LET’S FREE IT UP JUST LIKE YOU STATED.
        It’s considered a misdemeanor in all the states that have herb decriminalized and if the cops get you, they may issue ticket and no jail time.
        This is a start we in DA should follow and guys like you with “tete poul” that want to sound like 50 cops should understand that the negative stigma that you continue to spew to the public is untrue and like it or not, herb is there for the betterment of the human race.
        Why don’t you try it and then come tell us if it made you go commit any other crime and/or the entire BS you were talking about.
        Man chill, smoke the herb and get a humble thought.

    • Lawman
      April 22, 2013

      There are no States in the US where Marijuana is lEGAL!!! There are states where it is legal with a prescription to obtain and use it only for medical reasons.

  18. Grand-Bay
    April 20, 2013

    Here is what I don’t understand. The police raid the house of the little guy with weed but the big time cocaine dealers walk the streets like it’s no big deal. They know who some of them are. Why not go after them?

    • %
      April 20, 2013

      I am not a weed user,neither do i support those who traffic in this substance, but i support full time the statement that the big cocaine dealers, (AND MAY I ADD),the money launderers,and the others who commit the white collar crimes are known by more than 99% of the police officers. Yet sill they are untouched.This is exactly why i refer to the “police force” which we have on island as a failed institution. SHAME ON THEM!

    • Justice and Truth
      April 20, 2013

      If you know who they are, as a national, you are obligated to inform the police about them whether your remain incognito. Therefore, since you made such a statement, if you know who they are, why not inform the police about them? It is your duty as a national resident to do so and help curb and eradicate crimes from your country.

      • monster
        April 21, 2013

        i would really like to know if u are an angel or something.the points u are makin is exactly where the government got u….brainedwashed and blinded!you write like someone who has been brought up in wealth,and u absolutely have no idea what struggle is.therefore i would really appreciate it if you would stop writing these ridiculous comments cause you are obviously leaving on another planet!

      • Sweet
        April 22, 2013

        My dear the police have been informed. Some of them drink with the dealers. Check out the Police Officers with the larger than life houses and you’ll see the ones in the dealer’s pocket. Don’t think for one minute the police don’t know who they are….

  19. Anonymous
    April 20, 2013

    Wondering what is happening to them magistrate in Dominica. Yes i know that cannabis and possession with intent to supply is illegal, however what I cannot understand is that, when we have Haitians, Venezuelans and the others coming to Dominica committing all sorts of high class crimes, when caught they are charge a small sum of money, even given lesser jail time, and when it is us Dominicans, when I say Dominicans I am not referring to those purchasing Dominica’s passports to become Dominicans, the migrates charge us a huge fine/penalties, for crying out loud this is ridiculous

    Haitians committing forgery, falsified documents, identity theft and fines $3500.00 or 18 months in jail, this is a clap in us Dominican faces, only in Dominica

    The magistrate knows that having falsified documents in order to deceive others is a felony, which can range from a number of years in jail, a hefty fine and deportation if the criminal is not a national of the country where they committed this kind of crime

    As far as I can see the magistrates in Dominica have compassion for foreigners and the big mafias in Dominica and dayfonsaying we the poor locals, what a shame

    • monster
      April 21, 2013

      you made some intresting points……but at the end of the day the mafias and haitians are the ones filling the government pockets.

  20. way lay lay
    April 20, 2013

    poor heskieth, he worked so hard to build his house and he cannot shelter in it.

    • B.E.B
      April 20, 2013

      Just because he worked too hard on the ganga farm, he should relax a bit

    • Justice and Truth
      April 20, 2013

      It is good that he is a hardworking man and built his house. Did he build it from the avails of growing and selling illegal drugs? There is a Law against it. Why did he not obey the Law? If he did he would not be prosecuted and would be able to live in happiness and peace in his home.

  21. lady liberty
    April 20, 2013

    is there alone allu supposedly law-enforcers and court room managers are strong, take extreme advantage on marlaway and charge them exorbitant fees, but mano is still awaiting justice, nurse dalrymple still awaits justice, the citizens are still waiting to see those white coloured criminals and high ranking money launderers and treasury depleters and passport prostituters get their just rewards from these same supposedly so called law enforcers and court room managers….jail and big fine is for one set……d marlaway.

  22. stehen
    April 20, 2013

    in the holland that country in EUROPE one can buy cannabis like one buys a cup of coffee.in Denmark it is the same some state America cannabis is legal . Canada some parts it is legal even saint lucia it is not a big deal .

  23. percent
    April 20, 2013

    …they giving discount to Haitians, so you guys should apply for one too… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  24. shakespere
    April 20, 2013

    i get the feeling that the entire court system expenses are paid for on the backs of herb planters and petty thiefs,when will i read about real criminals been brought to justice

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