Lennard Monjoury tried to convince the court that he was a “smoker” and not a “dealer” but that wasn’t enough to prevent magistrate, Bernard Pacquette, from fining him $5,000.00 for possession with intent to supply cannabis.
Monjoury and Ted Philbert were arrested and charged after a police search on a premises in Roseau on January 2, which resulted in the seizure of 255 grams of cannabis and cash amounts of Euro 610, 289 EC and US5.25.
23 year-old Monjoury of Roseau, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply and 20 year-old Philbert pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
During the search, the police also arrested Gerald Bridge Water, Ezra Elwin, Ray Joseph and Frank Francis Junior Jules but the charges against them were dismissed.
The prosecution, led by acting police inspector, Valda Powel, asked the court to seize the money saying “they were proceeds of crime”.
However,lawyer Wayne Norde told the court that while the EC “may be”, the Euro “was not” since his client had just returned from Guadeloupe.
He said his client was honest from the word go. “He brought the police to the drugs and pleaded guilty so we are saying that the Euro is not drugs money,” Norde said.
However the prosecutor held fast to her argument that the money was ‘clearly proceeds of crime/drugs sale and needed to be forfeited by the state.”
Magistrate Bernard Pacquette ruled that he was satisfied that the money represented the proceeds from the slae of drugs and ordered it forfeited. He also fined Monjoury $EC5,000.00 for possession with intent to supply. The money must be paid by June 3, 2014 or Monjoury will go to jail for 6 months.
Philbert was fined 250.00 for possession of half a “joint” to be paid by February 3, 2014. If he defaults, he will spend 1 month behind bars.
Monjoury’s plea to the court that he was the father of 4 children, each from a different mother and that he was a painter and a “smoker” but not a “dealer”, evoked a word of caution about his actions from the magistrate who warned that he (Monjoury) “won’t be so lucky the next time.”